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Phillip writes: “The ‘Fat Boy’ is a 16″ x 24″ aluminum framing square that’s a full 3/16″ thick.  That’s 50% thicker for durability.  I’d love to have a couple of these to make jigs, templates, etc.”

Actually, this looks like a really nice framing square.  I’ve met people before who swear by plastic ones, but I’ve always managed to break ’em — and even to bend some of the metal ones.  Look at it this way: sooner or later you’re going to drop it off the roof or back over it with the truck, yeah?

Empire also offers some other versions, including a (less expensive) standard version — as if the $13 street pricing is somehow too much to pay for a good square.

“Fat Boy” Framing Square [Empire]
Street Pricing [Froogle]
Via Amazon [What’s this?]


2 Responses to Reader Find: Empire’s 1240 “Fat Boy” Framing Square — Double Thick for Durability

  1. Eli says:

    If it’s aluminum, is it really better just because it’s thicker? I like steel. Don’t care how thick it is. Lexan is supposed to be really good for furniture layout, but I wouldn’t get just any old plastic one.

  2. Ryan Ayers says:

    I purchased one of these a few years back at Home Depot thinking that bigger is better, then the first time I went to cut stringers for stairs I realized that the stair gauges I had wouldn’t fit. Although Empire does sell some gauges that will fit it still made for a bad day at work and its worth thinking about if you want to but one of these.

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