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One of my favorite tools is the “English Layout Square” I built for the December 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Heck, I like it so much I put it on the cover of my book “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” built one on “The Woodwright’s Shop” and even had its shape engraved on the sidewall of my jack plane.

But is the English layout square a useful tool?

As Mike Dunbar at the Windsor Institute answers nearly every question: It depends….

If you build full-size casework, then yes. Put your metal framing square away and use this wooden one instead. This is the tool that lays out all your rough cuts on your stock when you are breaking down the wood to length.

It is the tool that squares off the final length of all your pieces before you cut them to finished length. It is the the tool that lays out the dados for the drawer blades.


 

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