Pretty much every carpenter carries a “layout square,” which helps in marking and measuring angles. But with so many new materials available, one doesn’t simply grab a square any more — there are choices to make.
From the classic steel square, we “progressed” to a lighter, cheaper alternative: plastic. Now many manufacturers of aluminum squares claim the benefits of both — the strength and durability of steel and the lightness of plastic.
But do these claims deliver? I’m not a professional carpenter, so my square sits around the shop most of the time until I need it. How ’bout you Toolmongers who carry these around and abuse them. Do aluminum square really hold up as well as steel? Are they worth the cash? Let us know in comments.