Good morning gentlemen,
I recently started putting together my own toolbox, and I have a question about one tool in particular. I purchased a speed square, and while reading about its functions how it combines the elements of three other tools - the framing square, combination square, and try square - I began to wonder, is there any reason or circumstance that a man with a speed square should also have any of the other squares? One of the reasons I started collecting my tools is to learn handyman skills to use around the house, but I'm also interested in learning some carpentry. My first project was going to be a storage shed for my disabled parents (which unfortunately I had to postpone because my mother passed away last week after two weeks in the hospital).
Wow, I'm still getting replies seven months later...hehe...Thanks for all your input. I have a pretty decent collection now, mainly for DIY purposes, nothing that I'm going to make a living at. Just aiming for some self-sufficiency.
My original question for this post was about the SpeedSquare, which, if I understand your replies correctly, is decent for small projects, but the other three squares would be better for projects requiring greater precision.
As far as the shed project...well, my dad couldn't handle being at the old house anymore since Mom died, so he's renting a place in town with a yard too small for the kind of shed I was aiming for. But I've got some other projects that I will try out.
Sorry to hear that. Life has it's challenges.
In response to a previous poster about Craftsman:
Craftsman tools are not what they used to be, and neither is their warranty from what I hear.
I remember a buddy telling me what a good deal Sears Craftsman was. "Hey. If it breaks, you just take it back and get a new one"
I said, "yeah, but who the heck want their tools breaking, why not just get something that won't break and is nice to use?"
He said 'breakage almost never happens anyway"
We were working on his house-the exact same day as that conversation, years ago, and we were using his Craftsman saber saw to cut a decorative end on a rake trim end. It was about 8:00 and getting dark and we were anxious to get off the ladders and clean everything up. the last cut, the saw made a loud noise and froze up. Must have busted the cam shaft inside. Now we had to stop work and on Modnay he had to go to Sears, get a new tool, and come home and set up the ladders and tools again to finish the job.
That sort of thing really bugs me, but apparently it bugged me more than it bugged him.
Personally I think Craftsman stuff is not only cheaply made, but it's poorly designed and feels bad in the hand and to operate.
But, if you HAVE to spend as little as possible...