Tips for Using a Speed Square

Did you know that the speed square was invented in 1925? Yes, it’s been 95 years already! It may look like an ordinary piece of metal but don’t let it fool you. This is a powerful and nifty tool that helps a lot of professionals and DIY-ers in finishing their work faster.

Below are 3 common uses of the speed square, and how you can make the most out of it:

  1. Squaring Lines

Most speed squares offer a cutout along the ruler side of the square to make sure that the lines you’re going to make are perfect. 

To do this, just place the speed square lip along the outer edge of the wood and draw a line in one of the notches.

  1. Protractor

The speed square can also be used as a protractor for easily finding and marking various angles, especially roof rafter pitches.

  1. Guiding a Saw Cut

Another usage of speed square is for guiding a saw cut. The speed square can be lined up perfectly alongside your circular saw to guide 45 and 90-degree angles.


As you continue to use the speed square, you will discover that there are other things that it can do. So make sure to explore and keep this amazing tool always in your tool belt. 

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