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Thread: Carpenter's Square Book Of Instruction needed.

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    Smile Carpenter's Square Book Of Instruction needed.

    I've searched the internet and this forum for any kind of information regarding instructions on using a Carpenter's Square. Instructions much like the booklet that comes with those aluminum tri squares you find at some hardware stores and I bought one BTW. Stanley makes a nice square which I use but does not come with any kind of instructions. There are some squares that have some scales that you can measure or calculate board feet etc etc etc and rafter stuff but still no instructions.

    Other than signing up for Carpenter School can anyone point me in the right direction on any How To info to use this square with some kind of
    sophistication. Wouldn't mind at all on knowing how to get some "smarts" using this great tool other than a measuring and squaring device.

    BTW this is my first post here at SMC It's been great lurking around reading some great stuff about woodworking and turning.

    Thanks in advance to all
    Don


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    Audels Carpenter Library 4 Volume set. The book "Tools, Steel Square, Joinery". EVERY woodworker should have this set.

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    For most of Stanley's tools, they have PDFs on their web site--it's a pita to find some, though.

    Here's a link to a 2 MB PDF:
    http://server.iad.liveperson.net/hc/...&attachid=1924

    You can right-click the link above and select 'Save Target As' (if in IE). If you load it into your browser, there should be an icon after it is fully loaded to save the PDF to your computer.

    fwiw, here's the main site:
    http://www.stanleytools.com/default....&PAGE=HOME.HTM

    For the catalogs/manuals you would go to the Knowledge Base.

    Take care, Mike

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    Here is a link to one on Lee Valley's site.

    http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...096,46100&ap=3

    James Davis

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    There's a new book out called "Essential Guide to the Steel Square: Facts, Short-Cuts, and Problem-Solving Secrets for Carpenters, Woodworkers and Builders" by Ken Horner that you may want to check out.
    I bought a copy the other day and so far I like it.

    Manny

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    years ago there was a 2 volume set of books on just the steel square. Try this one I wrote for blacksmith shop uses of the steel square. http://www.iforgeiron.com/blueprints...el-square.html

    Oh BTW the best use of the Steel Square is when your back itches, grab it by the body and stick the tongue over your back, makes an excellent back scratcher. That's how I always started my seminars on layout.
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    perfect timing. I just got a really nice Stanley brass plated carpenter's square. Its got a patent date of 1914. The brass has a beautiful patina.

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    ive got your RX right here

    "The Steel Square"

    by

    Fred t. Hodgson

    A Practical Treatise

    "On the appilication of the steel square,
    Containing an exhaustive collection
    of problems and solutions"


    I got my copy on amazon for about 5 dollars used. its got more information that you could ever use. it shows how to lay out every rafter known to man and ancient egyptians...LOL got lots of other useful tricks and tips as well.

    ciao,

    dan

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    Steel Square

    Steel Square. By Gilbert Townsend. Published by the American Technical Institute. It has more than everything you need to know about the steel square. It can be found by using Bookfinder.com. My copy was printed in 1952. The book covers the scales and every type of rafter known to man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harry strasil View Post
    Oh BTW the best use of the Steel Square is when your back itches, grab it by the body and stick the tongue over your back, makes an excellent back scratcher. That's how I always started my seminars on layout.
    Now that's funny right there, I don't care who y'are!

    BTDT...
    Jason

    "Don't get stuck on stupid." --Lt. Gen. Russel Honore


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    WOW thanks all for the great response. Will do some serious shopping this weekend. I'll be laid up next week after surgery so I'll have some good reading time to myself. Will bring along my steel square for back scratching

    Thanks

    Don

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin Grow View Post
    perfect timing. I just got a really nice Stanley brass plated carpenter's square. Its got a patent date of 1914. The brass has a beautiful patina.
    Pics?! No pics...doesn't exist! haha
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    Don, here are some links to free books in PDF format:

    Practical Treatise on the Steel Square, Vol.1 & 2 by F. T. Hodgson - http://www.wkfinetools.com/z_tDownL/...teelSquare.asp

    The Steel Square and Its Uses by William A. Radford, 1907 - http://www.wkfinetools.com/z_tDownL/...teelSquare.asp

    Have fun reading...

    WK
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