Love ’em or hate ’em, companies keep coming out with multi-use tools. Some multi-use tools, like the combination square and the layout square, have stood the test of time and have found their way into just about every handyman’s pouch. Does the Universal Square fit into this category, or is it yet another tool doomed to be forgotten?
D-Unique, the makers of the Universal Square, designed this 12oz aluminum tool for framers, but they claim other tradesmen such as iron workers, electricians, carpenters, and cabinet builders will find it useful too.
This 7-1/2″ long and 3-1/2″ wide tool features separate pivot points for rise-and-run and angle measurements. Cutouts for measuring 1/2″, 3/4″, 1-1/2″, 1-3/4″, 2″, 2-1/4″, and 3″ run along one side of the blade and cutouts for measuring 1-1/2″, 3-3/4″, 5-1/2″, and 6-1/4″ run on the other side.
The Universal Square can best be described by the operations it performs. It measures angles and widths, holds chalk-lines and tape measure blades, scribes lines for ripping 2×4’s in half, squares window and door openings, guides circular saws for square cuts, transfers stud locations, and transfers anchor bolt locations to sill plates.
Sold at Home Depot and some other local hardware stores or online at a few select retailers, the Universal Square should run you $14.
Universal Square [Corporate Site]
Universal Square [Medford Tools]