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Click for larger imageTry-Squares:  For checking that planed stock is square and true.  Plane a true edge, mark it and plane the face true (square) to that edge, using the try square to check as you proceed.  These are habits often forgotten in these days of shrink-wrapped bundles of "PAR" softwood (perish the thought) but for quality woodwork, using hardwoods or sawn timber, these essentials to sound workmanship don't change.

These squares are made to British Standard 3322 by Crown Tools and feature a rosewood stock with brass facings and hardened, tempered and blued blades securely rivetted to the stock.  We also supply an  Engineer's square.


Dovetail Squares:  Q: When is a square not a square?  A: When it is designed for marking out dovetails.  Click for a larger image of these tools

Creating perfect dovetails is not easy but is certainly made a whole lot easier if the marking out is accurate.  It is also worthy of note that not all dovetails are created equal: in more compressible, softer, timbers it is recommended to use a lower dovetail angle (1:6) whereas the appearance of dovetails is more refined if they are set at a steeper angle (1:8), as can be the case when using harder timbers.  Hence you can choose our 1:6 square for softer woods (more splayed dovetails) or the 1:8 to add that touch of refinement in harder woods.  But at this price, why choose?  One of each makes a lot of sense!


Multi-Angle Square  A unique marking tool from Crown Tools, featuring a solid brass blade, 1/8" (3mm) thick, with a brass-faced rosewood stock.  The blade is profiled to provide angles of 90, 45, 30 and 60 degrees.  A handy device and one that it's unlikely that anyone in your neighbourhood owns!  In brass and rosewood, it's worth buying just to hang on the 'shop wall, using the handy little hole so thoughtfully provided!


Adjustable Bevels:  The 116X bevel is another unique marking tool from Crown Tools, featuring a solid brass 9" (225 mm) blade, 1/8" (3mm) thick, with a brass-bound rosewood stock, as illustrated.  The blade is secured with a brass wing nut to complete the impression of a solid, traditionally-styled instrument. A longer, 12" (304 mm), steel blade distinguishes the 118A.

Crown Tools 116X 9 inch adjustable brass bevel

M3 Multi-Function Square

NB:  Please note that in future, M-Power tools may be delivered in an alternative - more sombre - livery, alternatively badged (as Trend products), following a change in distribution arrangements.  The quality, design and performance of the products remains unchanged, we're happy to report.  What a pity some folk think that all tools should be drab and workaday in appearance!

  If you thought that the try square was one of those tools that "always has been, always will be - it just is", then you didn't have the vision of M-Power Tools.  This innovative company have taken a fresh look at the traditional tool, in the light of the wood craftsman's needs, and have brought it into the 21st century with a bang!  The result is the M3 square which not only acts as a precise square - but one that can be re-zeroed when you have dinged it and that allows you to mark two edges of the timber at one setting, regardless of the edge form - but also as a bevel gauge and a marking gauge too!  Incredible!  Take a look and see what the world has been missing - until now!

The M-Power M3 Square - Many things to many people!
It can mark two edges at one setting!
It reaches across moulded edges!

The superbly-conceived M3 square is shown above,  in its tough, low-friction, powder coated finish.  At left can be seen the unique capability of marking two edges at one setting - face side and face edge marks are always aligned with this square - and the ability of the M3 square to bridge across moulded corners on worktops, frames and other such workpieces.

The 9" (230 mm) blade of the M3 square (now supplied laser-etched graduated) can also be re-set to zero so that, unlike "normal" squares, there is no long-term loss of accuracy should the tool be dropped or suffer severe knocks whilst in use or storage.

It is a pencil marking gauge!
It is a bevel gauge!

Also supplied with the M3 square is the M3 Scribe, based on the Tri-Scribe shown elsewhere, but offering the advantage of turning the square into an accuarate pencil marking gauge.  (See illustration, above, right.) And now there is a further recent addition of a concept based around the Tri-Blade whereby a blade can be used for marking out, much in the same way as the Tri-Scribe. Finally (?) there's the 2" (70 mm) blade graduated mitre gauge built into the stock which locks fimly into place using its own (re-settable) lever and which shows the attention to detail in the provision of a knurled section to facilitate deploying the blade from within the stock, quickly and simply, when required.

Constructed in England from precision machined alloy castings with Sheffield spring steel blades, and finished with an epoxy powder coating the M3 is designed to give a lifetime of service.  A practical tool for practical people from a very practical company.


Combination Square: 
When multiple angles are needed quickly, for setting out tenons and mortices, the combination square is the tool for the job.  With its 90 and 45 degree angles, and an incorporated spirit level this piece of equipment becomes very versatile indeed.


**NB: Prices quoted in pounds sterling. 
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