The Magic of Speed Squares

Speed Squares. It’s not the name of a “college nerds becomes a badass car racing team” movie staring Nicholas Cage. Speed Squares are those triangular shaped ruler-looking-thingies they sell next to the rulers and levels at Home Depot. I’ve been getting very familiar with one while working on this off-the-grid-performance tower project I’ve been working on for the past couple of years. My friend Oswaldo taught me how to actually use the thing the other day and it kinda blew my mind. I’ve owned one for at least 15 years and realized I had no idea how to use it in the way it was intended. So I thought I’d pass along that knowledge. When cutting 2x4s or 2x6s, the speed square is an excellent guide for your circular saw. This does two wonderful things. 1) It speeds up things immensely as you don’t have to make a line with a pencil, line up your saw to that line, and then hope you’re cutting things straight. So that’s why they call it a speed square! 2) It also keeps your left hand “doing something” and if it is “doing something” it will stay well clear of the very rapidly moving circular saw blade.

Speed Square

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