three-sided  speed squares
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Three-Sided Squares

Simple, durable, and full of roof-layout info, the Speed square is a carpenter's classic. Use it to find angles, mark cutlines, and as a crosscut guide to keep your saw straight. Stick with the aluminum alloy version, not plastic: It's more rugged, and the stamped numbers are easier to read. About $10, Swanson Tool Co.
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