framing square from stanley tools
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Framing Square

Consisting of a long blade and shorter, narrower tongue, this L-shaped square comes in handy when marking up wide boards and sheet stock or checking their squareness. It’s also good for laying out rafters and stair stringers. Ruler increments (in 1/8, 1/10, 1/12, and 1/16 inch) are printed on both the inside and outside edges; be careful to read the correct side and measurement.

Shown: Swanson 16"x24" steel rafter square; about $13;
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