CNC Machined Layout Squares from Garrett Wade

CNC Machined Layout Squares from Garrett Wade

This pair of layout squares from iGaging (item 96T01.49, $114.60) come in 7” and 12” lengths, and each has a precision blade and base that provides a guaranteed 90° thanks to CNC single-frame construction. They are square to 0.0002”, with scale accuracy of 0.001”. They have markings for 1/16” and 1/32 scales” and all major angles at 5° increments, as well as marking holes every 16th of an inch for drawing lines parallel to an edge. The handle has a built-in 45° fence for easy marking, and there’s a center-finding scale. There are offsets on the base for joinery laypouts, and a height gauge for saw blades and router bits along the ends of the blades.

Add to this a vivid blue anodized finish (easy to find on a crowded benchtop) and a magnetized base for stability, and it’s a tool to be cherished. As a bonus, there’s a fine quality mechanical pencil with additional leads, and the whole assembly comes in a sturdy plastic case.