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If you’re planning to make cutting boards, bowls, spoons, or any other project that’s going to come into contact with food, you don’t want to finish it with stain and polyurethane.  Instead you need to use a food-safe alternative like Behlen’s Salad Bowl Finish.

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You’ve seen 12″ or maybe even 24″ combination squares, but how about a 48″ long combo square?  Manny’s Woodworkers Place sells this jumbo four-foot version of the combination square in their online store.

The bar is machined from aircraft-grade aluminum and can also be used as a straightedge.  Both English and metric markings run the length of the bar.  It comes with two cast-aluminum heads:  a center-finder, and a combination 45° and 90° head with an integrated spirit level.

If you have any use for such a large combination square you can get one for $33, plus $10 shipping.

48″ Combination Square [Manny’s Woodworkers Place]


We realize not many woodworkers work in metric — at least not in the US — but we like the features on this layout square-like Japanese import from Shinwa.  With its 2″ overhanging edge, the “3D” square lets you transfer lines from the face to the edge easily, plus it works with boards that have relieved or chamfered edges.  The overhanging edge is also cut at an angle so the tip of your pencil lead contacts the workpiece without having to angle the pencil.

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Manny’s Woodworkers Place calls Gladstone Tools’ diminutive square “the world’s smallest rosewood square.”  They designed this square for model makers, but the two-inch square could also be useful in other tight woodworking operations, like getting under the shoe to check the squareness of your scrollsaw blade.

Gladstone makes the rule from stainless steel and marks the full two inches with 1/32″ graduations.  They make the other leg of the square from rosewood and solid brass.  Beauty and functionality come at a price though — $13 plus $8 shipping and handling, to be exact.

Rosewood Micro Square [Gladstone Tools]
Rosewood Micro Square [Manny’s Woodworkers Place]


Would you rather be sharpening your tools or using them?  Gladstone bets you’d prefer using their marking knife rather than sharpening it, so they gave it a ceramic blade that never needs to be sharpened.

Gladstone makes their marking knives in the USA using a material called Ceremax 80 — a material they claim is second only to diamond in hardness — for the blades.  Then they double-bevel the blade for either right- or left-handed use and cut two flat sections in the handle to keep the knife from rolling when you set it down.

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