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What are the parts of a try and mitre square?

What are the parts of a try and mitre square?

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try and mitre square labelled parts

The parts of try square and a mitre square are the same, these are the blade and the stock. Read our full guide on the different parts and there functions below.

Try and mitre square stock or handle

try and mitre square stock On try and mitre squares the stock is the equivalent of the handle and is sometimes referred to as so. It supports the tool and acts as one edge to the angle. Mitre square stocks have a 45° angle at either end, this stops the tool looking wonky, but mainly gives another point of measurement on the tool.The stock is often wider than the blade, which sits within it. This allows the stock to sit against the workpiece and hold it in place.
try and mitre square face plate

Face plate

The face plate sits along the length of a wooden stock to decrease wear, which can affect the levelness of the tool. Face plates are made of brass which is stronger and wears better than wood.

The face plate is not present on tools with a metal or plastic stock as they are less likely to wear down.

Try and mitre square blade

try and mite square blades The blade on try and mitre squares is not for making any kind of incision, it is the part of the tool which sits along the edge you wish to check, mark or measure. The ends of the blades are also cut at 90° for try squares and 45° for mitre squares, this means they can also be used to check their respective angles.

Extra features available on a try and mitre square

try and mitre squares extra features Listed above are the basic components to all try and mitre squares, however there are extra features which can vary the usage of the tools further, like scales and adjustable angles. For more information see What try and mitre square additional features are available?

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