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Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: space-time
Date: January 09, 2018 08:04PM
Hi, what is the purpose of the little knob at the bottom of this picture?

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Re: Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: January 09, 2018 08:08PM
I don't know, but I think I need to go out and buy one. Seems like a very useful tool.



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Re: Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: January 09, 2018 08:15PM
I believe it is a small awl to scratch marks in the wood.



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Re: Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: steve...
Date: January 09, 2018 08:18PM
I think it’s a pin with a sharp point that unscrews for marking a measurement on wood.




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Re: Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 09, 2018 08:21PM
Maybe a nice drafting arm... all the drafting tools on ebay are now "vintage"... sigh.





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Re: Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: billb
Date: January 09, 2018 08:22PM
it's a scribe - it comes out.

for blued steel precise line



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Re: Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 09, 2018 08:30PM
Hides the cyanide pill that every carpenter and handyman is required to have before starting a job.



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Re: Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: space-time
Date: January 09, 2018 08:37PM
Thanks folks.

I saw some of these at work, but I do not have one at home. I could have used one here and there, but always found other solutions

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I don't know, but I think I need to go out and buy one. Seems like a very useful tool.

I agree. If you happen to place an amazon order for over $25 soon, you may be able to get this deal

Add-on Item: Swanson Speed Square, Combination Square & Blue Book $7.75

It includes the speed square and the Combo Square. Reviews are good, but there are a few negative reviews. I tried to order from Alexa to get around the $25 min order and it does not work. I did place other order this way, it was some loophole, maybe Amazon closed the loophole, or maybe the fact that item is backordered is the problem?
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Re: Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: Carm
Date: January 09, 2018 08:46PM
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billb
it's a scribe - it comes out.

for blued steel precise line

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Re: Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: January 09, 2018 09:03PM
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Carm
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billb
it's a scribe - it comes out.

for blued steel precise line

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agree smiley
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Re: Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 09, 2018 09:23PM
.....Combos....really cheeses a hunger....away.....



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Re: Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: cyclemax
Date: January 09, 2018 09:37PM
If you look at the picture, it does tell you what that knob is in the caption pointing to the acrylic bubble level vial. Of course, it would be more helpful if it actually pointed to it.
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Re: Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: Fred_Also
Date: January 09, 2018 10:33PM
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Filliam H. Muffman
I believe it is a small awl to scratch marks in the wood.

Bingo!


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Re: Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: January 09, 2018 11:08PM
FWIW there really is nothing like an actual Machinists square. The adjustable ones introduce a little bit of inaccuracy. The solid ones that are well made ? Dead nuts. Use one to true up your table saw. The difference is amazing.
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Re: Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: Carm
Date: January 10, 2018 02:02AM
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cbelt3
FWIW there really is nothing like an actual Machinists square. The adjustable ones introduce a little bit of inaccuracy. The solid ones that are well made ? Dead nuts. Use one to true up your table saw. The difference is amazing.
A machinist square would be a must for a true carpenter with precision machines. I have a try square similar to a machinist square that I use for my portable table saw.
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Re: Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: tenders
Date: January 10, 2018 04:53AM
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cyclemax
If you look at the picture, it does tell you what that knob is in the caption pointing to the acrylic bubble level vial. Of course, it would be more helpful if it actually pointed to it.
facepalm

The meaning of “screw fit brass scriber” wasn’t clear to me either, and I own an adjustable square like that without that feature. It doesn’t screw fit when it’s scribing. It screw fits when it ISN’T scribing - very unintuitive description! It’s actually an “unscrew fit brass scriber.”

And does brass even scribe iron or steel? Or is this only for work in aluminum, silver, gold, copper, and zinc? I’m thinking it is not brass, but steel. So it’s really an “unscrew fit steel scriber.”

Pro tip (note, I’m not a pro): a pencil works for that too, on all metals at room temperature except mercury.
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Re: Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: billb
Date: January 10, 2018 06:00AM


only the head is brass


you paint the steel or aluminum with dykem and use the scratch awl or scribe to make highly visible lines for center points and what not





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Re: Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 10, 2018 07:24AM
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I believe it is a small awl to scratch marks in the wood.


.....so it isn't awl....about me.....me....me....??



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Re: Swanson Tool Combo Square question
Posted by: mikebw
Date: January 10, 2018 04:14PM
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cbelt3
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billb
it's a scribe - it comes out.

for blued steel precise line

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agree smiley

Wrong. It's designed to get lost somewhere in the woods when you are building the most epic treehouse.
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