Question about Swanson S0107 "Big 12" Die - Cast Aluminum 12" Speed Square

# I just bought a Swanson 12" Speed Square model S0107. How do I put it together? What are the parts for? I know how to use a standard square but this one has a sliding bar and wing nuts and Hex barrel nuts? How do I assemble it and what are the extra parts for?

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Assuming you already know the angle you require, take the edge with the level on it(if you have that model) or the side that hangs over and hook it on the edge of the board. If you look at the top, on the 90 degree end, it says "pivot", and that is where you will spin the square around. You read on the 45 degree end that was hooked to the board for you angle. If you are trying to cut a rafter at a specific pitch such as a 6/12 you will spin the square around until the 6 on the Common scale lines up with the edge of the board. The Hip/Val scale is for cutting hips and valleys for the roof structure.
If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me here

Bob

Posted on Sep 19, 2009

i use a framing square off of the back fence with the blade down. when it is square, i check the other side of the fence and loosen the screws on the plate with the degree increments and set it to zero

Posted on Dec 23, 2009

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