August 30, 2012

LaSquare - Review

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We covered this a couple weeks ago and LaGesse Products, the manufacturer, was nice enough to send one along for us to try out. So we swapped it with our old rusty Stanley combo square and went to town. It's been our primary combo square for about a month. So far it has helped us run a bunch of trim, frame a wall, and plumb a sink, along with all of the other odds and ends that combo squares gets used for.


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So what's the deal with it? It's a combo square with an oddly wide head, two inches as opposed to the 3/4 inch of the standard carpenter's combo square. The point of this is to make it easier to work with steel tubing or pipes, objects that have heavily rounded corners where a smaller square can't make a good purchase on the flat edge. Other than that, the LaSquare is just like any other combo square...45 degree angle, adjustable ruler, and a level vial.

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Well, the LaSquare works as advertised. It really showed it's stuff when we marked out the cuts on 2" PVC during the plumbing project. For our carpentry work there was some good and bad. The good is that, because of the size of the head, the tool really grabs the edge of a piece of wood. It's also nice that the base is fat enough for the tool to stand up on its own far better than a regular combo square can. The only negative is that you can't work with 1x stock flat on a surface. The LaSquare hangs over about 1/8" too far, so we kept having to move things to the edge where we could make things work. Not a big deal, but sort of a pain in the ass.

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We showed the tool to a few other carpenters and they all liked the idea of it. Comments were made on how light it is as well as how nice the machined edges look.

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It takes a bit to get over the strange look of the tool. Everything is normal, except for one bizarro feature. It's like looking at a frog with three legs. But it all works and the LaSquare really would be ideal for a metal worker or a plumber and a carpenter could find it useful as well.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at August 30, 2012 3:35 PM

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