Combination Square – Best in 2020

There are ls many different types of woodworking square available so I will first outline them here. Each 90° square has a task it can perform well but I feel the combination square is a very versatile tool and so it is an ideal solution if you are only buying one tool. Below you will find my Best in 2020 recommendations for a combination square for the purpose of woodworking.

‘Combination by Name’ – ‘Combination by Nature’!

The combination square can check

  • 90° angles
  • 45° angles
  • 135° angles
  • Rule for truing or measurements

How to Test woodworking square

If you decide to buy any of the woodworking squares you will at some point need to test the combination square for true. In this video you will learn how to check the sqaure for 90°

I have also written a simple guide to testing your combination square here

My Selection of Combination Squares

I have put together a small collection of combination squares for you to consider. You may notice there are a good selection of Irwin combination squares that I consider good quality. Irwin a brand that has been around for a long time and has gained a reputation for quality vs value.

I have also listed Starrett because these are what I would call the best you can get with it’s die cast head. These Starrett combination squares are a tool you will only need to buy once and are comparable with my old Rabone Chesterman squares.

The 12″ combination square with easy-to-read measurement scales and durable engineering to meet the demands of the jobsite.  The Combination Square with durable cast zinc bodies and precision etched scales provide accurate 90° and 45° readings, and the T-Bevel is ideal as a depth gauge and for transferring angles.

6″ Metal Combination Square 1794468 is a smaller version of the 12″ but the same quality. I use my 6″ square for small joint work and setting my machines blade square to the table.

16″ Metal Combination Square 1794471 is the same as the 12″ but 16″ long

By Marcus Kett, Woodworking since 1989

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Malcolm the Boat ‘RIP’

Woodworking for me is in my blood as a son of a traditional boatbuilder. My Father Malcolm Kett was highly skilled and inventive individual often referred to as ‘Malcolm The Boat’.

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Marcus Kett and my Mortar!

Although I have spent a considerable portion of my life seeking further education and gaining qualifications in woodworking, electrical installations, bricklaying and to top it a degree in photography.

Yes, it is a medley of possible career choices but the one that I felt truly at home with was Woodworking. Woodworking has been my staple career choice that has given my family stability.

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We have lived and worked here in the Limousin Nouvelle Aquitaine since 2010, building window shutters and external doors. Our Volet manufacturing business is based at our home property as a ‘Cottage Industry’. We are a small business operating partly (60%) off the grid and try our best to practice our woodworking ethically.

How did we come up with the trading name ‘Wallybois’? Well, it is simple really, my best buddy ‘Wally’ and the fact that ‘Bois’ is French for wood and we live in France.

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By Marcus Kett, Woodworking since 1989

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