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Selected as one of 11 Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Awards, the patent-pending doubleVsquare was designed by carpenter Ray Atwood and introduced at this year’s National Hardware Show. This square, which lists for $24.95, has all the functions of a standard triangular square tool, plus it folds open to a 90° square and allows you to mark two sides in one motion (as shown in the above picture). When it’s folded flat, it gives you a larger straight edge. When it’s folded closed, it takes up the same space as a speed square in your tool belt or toolbox.

What do you think? Will it replace your layout square? Let us know in comments.

doubleVsquare [Manufacturer’s Site]


15 Responses to Hot Or Not: DoubleVSquare

  1. Tetsubo says:

    Oddly I don’t own a speed square. So, if I were to purchase one, this model offers me more options. And more options is always good.

  2. Shalin says:

    File this under “why didn’t I think of that!?” I’d like one.


  3. PutnamEco says:

    Replace my speed square, No. Use in addition to a speed square, maybe.

  4. dm says:

    2 old speed squares and a small section of piano hinge and you’ve got your own!

    $24.95 seems a bit steep when you can buy 2 speed squares for about $10.

  5. matt says:

    yeah, good luck with that, I know if I bolted two speed squares together with piano hinge it definitely wouldn’t be square, and if it was it wouldn’t be square for long. I think it’s fawsome. Might be additionally useful if it opened to full 180 degrees to offer a larger speed square, however then you’d have clearance issues with the ledge edge.

  6. slapinem says:

    I think instead of spending 25$ I’ll just flip my speed square over and make the second mark.

  7. Jerry says:

    “slapinem” shares my sentiments. While this is truly unique and certainly has some “cool factor”, I’ll just flip my cheap speed square over – it flips pretty easy. Anything with a hinged center has a propensity to become less and less square over time and extended use. HF will jump on this one and make a cheap version – the plus of the HF model? you won’t have to wait for the hinge to be loose and inaccurate – it will start out that way.

  8. Average Joe says:

    Pretty cool! Tomorow’s payday and I’m ordering two: one for me and one for the son.

  9. ttamnoswad says:

    Yeah, I would put it in the tool cabinet…….for that deck I’ll prob never build and other circumstances, it could come in pretty handy.

    Just hope they go with modest pricing, rather than “specialty” pricing.

  10. Mark says:

    I like that idea.

  11. Brian Dolge says:

    Also useful for a quick “Plumb to the floor” check. I just hope there is some sort of catch to keep it from flopping open when I’m trying to use it as a regular square. Overall, Very Hot.

  12. george says:

    why wasn’t this made decades ago? would be best as a first buy. if ya got a square already, maybe not.

  13. Shopmonger says:

    NOt. i would use the standard old ones and flip it…..


  14. brew says:

    absolutely. Being a contractor I can definitely see the advantage of this. not only for the corner use, but for the double length straight edge portion.

    As mentioned above, a “why didn’t I think of that” moment.


  15. Randy Saunders says:

    For the 24.95 price, I think it would behoove me just to stick with my speed square until I lose it, since i have developed pretty good speed at flipping it around. When the time comes that someone “borrows” it and I never get it back, this would be a serious consideration.

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