My Speed Square – from Amazon to Australia
That’s correct, I purchased my Speed Square from Amazon.com.
I didn’t really plan it that way. I was looking on Amazon for an interesting project for my daughter to do over the school holidays, and found this very cool “Build Your Own Internal Combustion Engine” model.
So I figured, since I was already placing an order I’d try ordering a hand tool from there also.
I had looked at Speed Squares locally, and the only one I saw was a plastic version. I knew I wanted a metal version so didn’t buy it.
After looking on Amazon I found that there was a metal version in metric, that cost about the same as the plastic one here in Australia, including shipping. Plus it also came with a handy little “Rafter Lengths and Roof Construction” booklet. Even if you’re not a builder, you may one day build a chicken coop, or cubby house, and this booklet will help you sort out your angles
Why has it taken me this long to get a speed square?
That’s a good question. I already have a combination square, a set square and a builders square, so I probably didn’t think I needed yet another square. But now I know I was wrong.
In the short time I have owned this hand tool, I am constantly picking it up for every project I have worked on.
This thing is just very handy to have lying around!
What does a Speed Square do?
A speed square basically does 5 things:
- Try square (set square)
- Miter Square
- Protractor (mark your angles)
- Line Scriber (similar to marking guage)
- Saw Guide – guide your jig, or circular saw for a straight cut.
If you don’t have one – get one
Seriously get one. Get one in your local hardware store, or online, but definitely add a Speed Square this to your toolbox. You won’t regret it!