Crucible Bench Square Mk. II
The Crucible Bench Square Mk. II is a handy, lightweight and accurate tool that’s useful for many woodworking operations. Based on early European examples made in solid wood, our version uses modern technology to ensure it is accurate and stays that way.
The Bench Square has its blades pitched at four useful angles: 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°. So you can mark and check your work against all these common working angles.
The tool’s square end is nice for marking crosscuts (with a pencil or knife). And the built-in angles can be used to check sawn miters for accuracy and even set the tilt of your table saw’s blade.
The antique originals were typically made from one piece of walnut, so they were fragile and tended to go out of square because of wood movement. Our version has a blade that is made from 1/4” Baltic birch that is laser cut so it’s dead-nuts accurate, immune to wood movement and has no short grain. Then it is joined to a maple stock that is machined for a perfect fit.
After assembly, the Bench Square is trued up on machinery to ensure the 45° and 90° are perfect enough for woodworking. The tool is supplied without a finish, like most wooden bench tools.
And because we know it’s a handy tool, we’ve added a hang hole so you can keep it close under your workbench. The square measures 4-1/2” x 8-1/2” and weighs 2.4 oz.
Yes, you absolutely could make this square for yourself (there are instructions in our book "Euclid's Door"). And if that’s your inclination, please go right ahead. But if you want yours to be perfect (for woodworking) right from the start, our square is a good value.
As always, all our tools are made in the U.S.A. This square's parts are made in Ohio and assembled in Kentucky.