30 Apr The Laser Cut Bench Square from Crucible Tool
Christopher Schwartz and his team have done it again. The new Crucible Bench Square ($28) is the essence of great design – simple yet highly functional. This is “a handy, lightweight and accurate tool that’s useful for many woodworking operations. Based on an 18th-century square in A.J. Roubo’s masterpiece l’Art du menuisier, our version uses modern technology to ensure it is accurate and stays that way”.
The originals were made from one piece of walnut, so they were fragile and tended to go out of square because of wood movement. This version has a blade that is made from 1/4” Baltic birch multi-ply that is laser cut so it’s dead-on accurate, immune to wood movement and has no short grain. Then it is joined to a maple stock that is machined for a perfect fit.
The Bench Square is great for checking a board’s edge when planing joints for a panel glue-up. It has inside and outside 90-degree profiles and a square end that’s great for marking crosscuts with a pencil or knife. The built-in 45-degree angles can be used to check sawn miters for accuracy, or even to set the tilt of a table saw blade.
As with all things Crucible, the attention to detail is impressive. After assembly, the Bench Square is trued up on machinery to ensure perfection and a hanging hole is drilled. The tool is supplied without a finish, as are most wooden bench tools.
The square measures 4” x 9”, weighs less than 3 oz., and is made in the U.S.A.