Updated April 12, 2019 by Quincy Miller

The 10 Best Carpentry Squares

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in October of 2016. Whether you're a full-time contractor or a home DIYer, whenever the job calls for accurate measurements and angles, you'll need one of these carpentry squares. They are ideal for stair and roof framing as well as a variety of woodworking applications. We've included inexpensive plastic models that are perfect for the occasional user in addition to more elaborate options suitable for professionals. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best carpentry square on Amazon.

10. Johnson Level & Tool CS10

9. Swanson Tool T0118 Speedlite

8. Zona 37-434

7. Stanley 46-053 Premium

6. CH Hanson 03060 Pivot

5. Vinca SCLS-2416

4. Irwin Tools

3. DeWalt Premium Rafter

2. Stanley 46-071 Premium Quick

1. Swanson Big T0108

Editor's Notes

April 11, 2019:

Removed the Maxtech 18140MX due to it being clumsy to use, in large part due to the manufacturer's attempts to load the thing up with unnecessary features. It's a case of trying too hard and making something simple far too complicated.

In its place is a model from Irwin Tools. It's clean and simple, setting it in diametric opposition to the Maxtech. The bubble level ensures that your angles are always square, and it can be quickly taken apart for storage or if you just need a ruler.

When choosing between a metal or plastic model, pay less attention to the price difference (with a few exceptions, most of these are within a few bucks of each other) and consider other qualities the model has. Plastic models feature very little wobbling, and are ideal for anyone who suspects they'll abuse or misplace their new tool. Metal options are more durable, but there might be a little play in the ends, especially on longer models.


Quincy Miller
Last updated on April 12, 2019 by Quincy Miller

After getting his bachelor’s from the University of Texas, Quincy Miller moved out to Los Angeles, where he soon found work as a copywriter and researcher, specializing in health and wellness topics for a major online media brand. Quincy is also knowledgeable about home improvement, as he’s had extensive experience with everything from insulation to power tools to emergency room trips, sometimes in that order. Sharing a home with three dogs and a couple of cats has forced Quincy to learn as much as he can about pet supplies, animal nutrition and, most importantly, the best ways to tackle the mountains of fur that accumulate in every corner of your home.


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