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Carpenters square, folding squares, carpenter, carpentry, angles, woodwork, measuring, framing, right angle, stone masonry, building, construction, flooring, paving, DIYer. There are two types of folding squares; both have sides of different lengths.

They are: folding squares that contain a locking mechanism and folding squares that contain a sliding mechanism.

Folding squares with locking mechanisms

Carpenters square, folding squares, carpenter, carpentry, angles, woodwork, measuring, framing, right angle, stone masonry, building, construction, flooring, paving, DIYer. These folding squares usually come with two angles of 45° and one of 90°.
Carpenters square, folding squares, carpenter, carpentry, angles, woodwork, measuring, framing, right angle, stone masonry, building, construction, flooring, paving, DIYer. These folding squares have a locking mechanism which allows them to be locked in position or collapsed.

The stopper fits into the slot to keep it stable when it is opened. When you want to fold the square, the stopper is released from the slot and folded into one length.

Carpenters square, folding squares, carpenter, carpentry, angles, woodwork, measuring, framing, right angle, stone masonry, building, construction, flooring, paving, DIYer. A number of lockable folding squares are available with a ruler. The measuring range of the rulers available is usually 0-60 centimetres (0-24 inches).

The ruler can be used to measure the length, width or depth of a workpiece and can be used to accurately mark a workpiece so it can be cut.

Folding squares with sliding mechanisms

Carpenters square, folding squares, carpenter, carpentry, angles, woodwork, measuring, framing, right angle, stone masonry, building, construction, flooring, paving, DIYer. Folding squares containing a sliding mechanism come with a 90° angle.

The other two angles on the folding square are not 45° like the other type. These specific angles have no significance to the applications that folding squares are used for.

Carpenters square, folding squares, carpenter, carpentry, angles, woodwork, measuring, framing, right angle, stone masonry, building, construction, flooring, paving, DIYer. For this type of folding square to lock and collapse, the stopper must be pushed out of the groove and across the slot.

The side containing the stopper is pushed all the way across the slot so the square can fold in on itself, becoming one length.

Other types of folding squares

Carpenters square, folding squares, carpenter, carpentry, angles, woodwork, measuring, framing, right angle, stone masonry, building, construction, flooring, paving, DIYer. There is another type of folding square that contains a sliding mechanism.

It is used in the same way except it is much smaller, making it suitable for tasks in areas with limited space.

Carpenters square, folding squares, carpenter, carpentry, angles, woodwork, measuring, framing, right angle, stone masonry, building, construction, flooring, paving, DIYer. The groove located on the side of the square is where the stopper slots when it is collapsed.

The stopper sits in the groove and locks in place so it does not unfold; this keeps the square at one length and ready for storage.

Carpenters square, folding squares, carpenter, carpentry, angles, woodwork, measuring, framing, right angle, stone masonry, building, construction, flooring, paving, DIYer. At this present time, these folding squares do not seem to be available for purchase in the UK.