Tools We Love: Saddle Square

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George Vondriska talks about why he likes using a saddle square on his woodworking projects that require wrapping guidelines around a corner. You’ll be amazed how much easier it is than using a conventional square!

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9 Responses to “Tools We Love: Saddle Square”
  1. Dan Roper

    Thanks George. I have never gone to the expense of purchasing one of these since I have a “center finder” attachment for one of my combination squares. When I replaced the square, I kept the attachment to use for layout just as you showed.
    Dan

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  2. rdfInOP

    I’ve had one for years and it’s useful enough to me that I keep it in the pocket of my apron along with a utility knife and not much else.

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  3. abt

    I use the center-finding head from my Starrett rules. It works quite well, and I can save some cash because of it’s dual use capability.

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  4. Dean

    I have a saddle square from Bridge City Tool Works, which has the advantage of folding in the middle, which allows marking lines on a piece where the two sides are not 90 degrees. Very useful tool.

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  5. Jim White

    Good start on using the saddle square, George, but if you want ACCURATE layout, use your marking knife with the saddle square. Supplement your pencil marks on your story pole with a knife tick on the edge. Use this tick mark to align with your work pieces using the saddle square. Now all of your pieces will have dead-on alignment of their layout marks.
    I have this saddle square and love it!

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    • George Vondriska

      I love the marking knife idea, and use it pretty frequently. Unfortunately scribes don’t show up on camera. But it would have been worth a mention in this video. Thanks for bringing it up.

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