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Secret Tool in a Combination Square Revealed

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Leah demonstrates the many handy uses of a combination square, and unveils the SECRET tool "hidden" inside, that you may not have known about! Link to the Swanson combination square that Leah is using in the video: https://amzn.to/2pGU2XY Link to a premium combination square set that comes with the protractor and the center the finder anvils: https://amzn.to/2RvVbP3 Buy Leah a cup of coffee! http://www.Ko-fi.com/seejanedrill Click on this link to shop on Amazon via See Jane Drill: http://www.amazon.com/?tag=sejadr-20 Leah's Recommended Tools for Beginner DIY-ers: Power Tools: DeWalt 20V Lithium-Ion Brushless Compact Drill Driver: https://amzn.to/2LrHaCu (currently on sale!) Skil Circular Saw with Laser Beam Guide: https://amzn.to/2Opokto Dremel Multi-Max Oscillating Tool Kit: https://amzn.to/2LGKucl (currently on sale!) Black and Decker Smart Select Jig Saw: https://amzn.to/2JY9lTT Black and Decker Random Orbit Sander: https://amzn.to/2mORkP0 Hand Tools: Stanley 20-piece basic screwdriver set: https://amzn.to/2LN23Y2: Irwin Tools Universal Hand Saw: https://amzn.to/2LGFWCQ Erstwing 16-oz Claw Hammer: https://amzn.to/2NM8ZCj Lufkin Quick-Read Tape Measure: https://amzn.to/2NQwgTG Stanley Value Chisels (for everyday use): https://amzn.to/2mNdi4I Stud-Pop Magnetic StudFinder: https://amzn.to/2Opsrpk Rite in the Rain Weatherproof Notebooks: https://amzn.to/2Afairl Note: If you purchase any items through See Jane Dril's Amazon links, we will receive a small commission. 3. If you really like the work we that we do or have been helped by our videos, consider supporting See Jane Drill on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/seejanedrill Contact Info: Website: http://www.seejanedrill.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/seejanedrill Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/seejanedrill Email: [email protected] Disclaimer: Due to factors beyond the control of See Jane Drill, we cannot guarantee against improper use or unauthorized modifications of this information. See Jane Drill assumes no liability for property damage or injury incurred as a result of any of the information contained in this video. Use this information at your own risk. See Jane Drill recommends safe practices when working with tools seen or implied in this video. Due to factors beyond the control of See Jane Drill, no information contained in this video shall create any expressed or implied warranty or guarantee of any particular result. Any injury, damage, or loss that may result from improper use of these tools, equipment, or from the information contained in this video is the sole responsibility of the user and not See Jane Drill. https://youtu.be/hAT9vv_othY #seejanedrill
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Ahmed Agbabiaka (1 day ago)
i was today years old when i found out about the little scribe tool in my combo square
Al Taylor (5 days ago)
I have known that for some 60 years, scribe can also be used on metal as a scribe, also for dotting screw starting point, scribe is a finer line than pencil line for accuracy.
Mick Stead (5 days ago)
Did not know that's brilliant thank you
firehorse74 (6 days ago)
hi great vid never knew that was there thank you
Richard Fallstich (6 days ago)
For all the people who thought this was an adjustment - what did you think it adjusted? What do you think needs adjusting? Did you try to make the adjustment you thought it was? The other item pointed out, is NOT an adjustment, it's called the "lock nut." The fixed square end of a combination square doesn't really have an adjustment. If you don't know about a 'secret' on a machinist tool, you shouldn't be using one. Well, maybe you'll lose a finger or two playing carpenter or machinist then you won't have to worry about these things so much.
Wolfreespirit Rebel (7 days ago)
Why not just say it’s a scribe ,instead of wasting time.
Ipso Facto (7 days ago)
Since when is a scribe a secret tool? I guess it's ever since females started making YT videos.
Warren Henry (11 days ago)
Didn't know but thanks to you now I do! Great content. Thx✌
Zafar Iqbal (12 days ago)
I already knew it. Greetings from Pakistan. I deeply respect your skills.
aadsideas (12 days ago)
For so many years of owning a combination square, this is the first time I've ever known about the scribe through your video. I have been wanting to have a similar one to use when I needed it. Thank you, Jane! Shalom
Aylbdr Madison (12 days ago)
Starrett makes the best combo squares and protractors. Also, squares and levels are often not square and level. You can test the square by marking a line across a straight board, then flip the square from one side to the other and check to see if they are the same, if not, the difference between is true 90 degrees.  To check a level, place it on a surface and shim the difference until the bubble lines up in the middle. Now flip the level around and check again (if it's exactly the same, then it is working correctly). If it doesn't read exactly the same, then adjust the level until it reads the same both ways, while adjusting the shims as you go until all are lining up correctly. At the end you should have a level surface with one end shimmed, and a level that is working correctly.  Use the same method to make it plumb as well, just using a vertical surface to check. For this reason, never buy levels you cannot adjust. Some of the more expensive levels like Stabillia are extremely well crafted, but are useless for something like cabinet installs because no level is perfect from the store, and even levels that are very close tend to go out over time, especially if they are mistreated (or, I have noticed, when dropped off the scaffolding from two and a half stories up). This is information you only _need_ if you are a cabinet maker, installer, or finish carpenter really. Though it's good even for a framer to know, and certainly a contractor should know such things... even though in my nearly 30 years of experience I have found that most do not sadly.
R S (14 days ago)
Did not know thanks
Leah, NO I didnt know about the scribe tool, and my combination aquare has a scribe tool, which I thought was an adjustment, Thanks for this informative tool video Cheers !
Nathan Clark (18 days ago)
Thanks great info
M Thompson (28 days ago)
I knew I knew!!
Alan Nixon (29 days ago)
Leah, you're the best. thanks.
Jerome Bland (1 month ago)
Did not know
Eric Kelley (1 month ago)
I didn't know that. Thank you for the info.
Mike Minor (1 month ago)
This old man knew about the scribe but not about the 2 attaché nets. Thank you!
Scott Kaiser (1 month ago)
Thank you leah. I never knew that about that. Happy holidays
ABUNDANT WRAGE (1 month ago)
I did not know that! Just found you and I LOVE THIS CHANNEL!
John Hernandez (1 month ago)
Hey Leah I did not know that love the accessories.
seejanedrill (1 month ago)
Jack of all Trades (1 month ago)
I’m off to find mine, thank you
Car Gon (1 month ago)
attencionnnnnnnnnnnnnnn teachers in great class
Richard Allan (1 month ago)
Thanks Leah, great demo and well articulated learned much however Sorry my sharp eye spotted a minor error more applicable when inscribing steel sheet.So all I am suggesting is that the operator angles the scribe point hard against the rule edge for much greater accuracy I ,m sure you know that but for any newbies watching they should know that accuracy is lost by not doing so and in your video you see immediately that at 3:26 you see the affect clearly,all in though great work thank you.
BiHlover80's (1 month ago)
I truly didn't know about "" secret tool "". If "" Thanks "" means anything in this world, then I'll THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
570 bassin (1 month ago)
I always knew that the secret tool was there but never knew its purpose thanks for sharpening
ducaking (1 month ago)
Leah!!! you are awesome!! I did not know that I can do 45 degre angle with those... they are never any instructions thanks
Valerie Wells (1 month ago)
Didn't know. 🙄
jhfenderr1 (1 month ago)
Thanks for Sharing 😀
Mic theGhost (1 month ago)
Never even thought about that. Thanks! Love the channel!!
seejanedrill (1 month ago)
you're welcome, and thanks!
Joe Ehart (1 month ago)
I knew about the scribe for what seems like always, my father taught me when I was a child. What I DIDN"T know about were the accessories that were available for the square.
Leon Bradford (1 month ago)
Didn’t know. Thanks!
Rufino Tellez (1 month ago)
I had the cpmbination once I never gave myself the chance to learn it so For that I did not know thank you for the tip know at days with all this tecnology we learn a lot merry chritsmas jane God bless you
Toni Williams (1 month ago)
I didn't know about the scribe tool! Thanks. I'm like many others and can't get the thing back together. A video would be nice.
John Calkins (1 month ago)
I never knew about the scribe tool. So cool to have it so handy. :)
seejanedrill (1 month ago)
Lorena Armistead (1 month ago)
I knew that
Lorena Armistead (1 month ago)
Just found your channel today and was so happy I did. I have been woodworking for several years. From logging my own logs to cutting my own boards on the millers. To making and designing decks, furniture, fences and what someone had an idea of. I'm still learning at 61 and I'm still active. And enjoy your channel very much
seejanedrill (1 month ago)
M Ten (1 month ago)
Croaker (1 month ago)
Incredibly cool! Never realized the bonus tool in my square haha
Justin Feyedelem (1 month ago)
Wow, I never seen the scribe before. Awesome video.
Kenneth Gray (1 month ago)
Well of course I know there is a scriber in the square head of a combination square. But then I'm a millwright. I must be lost can someone show me the door?
Laura Cullen (1 month ago)
Yes I knew, I am female so of course I knew what/where it was & use it as well.
LostInMySpace (1 month ago)
Leah, I honestly thought that was the dipper for your perfume.
peter kreisler (1 month ago)
Centre finder lol always wonder what it was for
Chosen One (1 month ago)
I just bought a Combo-Square and didn't know so thank you. Great info.
No Body (1 month ago)
Skip to 3:20
Hello Leah I love the center finder idea thanks for sharing.
Ron Leach (1 month ago)
I had no idea the scribe was there. Thank you. Great video.
Gerald Roberson (1 month ago)
I did not know that that was very helpful and useful knowledge
P.Michael Mooney (1 month ago)
Seriously!!! A secret tool in the try square!!! You have to be kidding and under the age of ten to not know about the scribe. Jeeze!!!
lyn tay (1 month ago)
Hi Leah, First, Happy Holidays to you! I watch all your videos on youtube and I love, love, love them. I am in the beginner learning stage so I just watch them all to learn. My reason for writing is this, there is a product-tool that shows up at the beginning of your videos - can you please give a review on this tool. Amenitee Universal Angularizer Ruler. This is the website for the tool. https://www.papabearhome.com/collections/frontpage/products/domom-8-in-1-universal-angularizer-ruler?variant=15747128197177 . I simply want to know if it is a good tool. Thank you very much for all your videos and for being such a great educator!
seejanedrill (1 month ago)
Actually, I have the tool. I was sent one but I have yet to open it and use it. Let me see what I can do.
Mel Rey (1 month ago)
I finally knew something before Leah showed us😂
seejanedrill (1 month ago)
Miguel Hernandez (1 month ago)
Another great presentation
Fernando Herrera (2 months ago)
I like you clear ingles
seejanedrill (2 months ago)
thank you
Rita Nolan (2 months ago)
Back in the 1980's ... I worked in the prototype ... (ceramic research ) machine shop at the Carborundum Co. we always used the scribe to mark our "green" stock. ..thanks Leah ...flashback!!!
Randy James (2 months ago)
I didn't know
Mark Houge (2 months ago)
That was not a 30゚ that was a 60゚ show if you know your facts please share if you do not know facts please don't my father used to say say what you know not what you think thank you
seejanedrill (2 months ago)
Mark, You're incorrect. This is a supplementary angle which measures 30 degrees and 150 degrees.
wllm500 (2 months ago)
I knew about the scribe...but I always seem to learn something from your videos...thank you for the content!
T Stepp (2 months ago)
You’re the best!!!
Evelyn Marshall (2 months ago)
Didn't know....but do now!
EL EVO (2 months ago)
I knew about the scribe tool because I stabbed my boss with it :o/ Well, at least now I'm the boss :o) Thanks again, for another great video. I had to come back for more ;o)
Thomas Marshall (2 months ago)
I've known since shop class in high school. I never used it to scribe anything because I always have a plethora of pencils on hand but I am guilty of using it to poke holes in the screens of my bowl when it's clogged so I can smoke when I'm out of screens. Works pretty good!
seejanedrill (2 months ago)
asimo sss (2 months ago)
Hi Leah, love your videos but don't think the scribe is just meant to be used like a pencil. I think you can also use it to follow a profile that you want to scribe against at a set distance using the rule? :)
Douglas Dean (2 months ago)
I had ZERO clue the scribe was there. Thanks for enlightening me.
Mike 369 (2 months ago)
John Nelson (2 months ago)
Oh real good, seems you can't keep a secret, tool that is. Thanks for your videos, you're awesome.
seejanedrill (2 months ago)
thanks, John 🙂
Ray Domenech (2 months ago)
Had no clue... lol...
gary777g (2 months ago)
I did not know about the scribe tool! I've been doing carpentry/construction for years and never learned about that little thing. Thanks.
seejanedrill (2 months ago)
Anette Anderson (2 months ago)
I had no idea!
Oliver Taylor (2 months ago)
I knew about the scribe, but the center finder -that's what the funny looking 45 deg. bit is, thanks. I'm learning so much from your channel, subd (y)
seejanedrill (2 months ago)
you're welcome, Oliver, and thanks for watching!
Curtis Brock (2 months ago)
I knew!
steve (2 months ago)
Just subbed,That hidden scribe,and centre finder was amazing 😃
Derek Myers (2 months ago)
Nice 25 yr Carpenter never used the scribe tool.😔
Argyle McGoogin (2 months ago)
Six bucks and my right nut says the scribe in my old square that I got from my Dad is as new as the day it was made! Nice tip! Thanks :)
cfltitan (2 months ago)
I never knew that! Thank you so much for all your videos!
seejanedrill (2 months ago)
you're very welcome!
Dave Kolb (2 months ago)
I knew about the scribe but didn't know about the optional anvild/heads. Thanks for sharing this!
seejanedrill (2 months ago)
Jim Davidson (2 months ago)
I had no idea about the scribe. Nor the 45 for that matter. What really grabbed my interest was the center find accessory. I work with rounds all the time. It's always a guessing game. Thanks again. Cheers Jim
George Fuss toot (2 months ago)
Did you know you can use the combination square as a paint can pry tool??
seejanedrill (2 months ago)
I can see that
George Fuss toot (2 months ago)
I knew , not magical !
James McDowell (2 months ago)
Ok, that is cool.
Bob Morrison jr (2 months ago)
I have 4 combination squares, and just now verified they all have the scribe, and I never knew what it was for. My problem is when I remove the anvil, I have a heck of a time putting the ruler back in, that’s why I have 4 of them. Thanks for the tip.
seejanedrill (2 months ago)
Bob, Everybody has a problem getting the anvil back on, me included.
Denny D (2 months ago)
do they all come with the scribe tool
HORTONDLFN (3 months ago)
I had NO idea the scribe existed. Oh, the times I could have used this information!
Denise Rodgers (3 months ago)
did not know
Just Fun (3 months ago)
Heck! I so didn't know a lot of it, but I sure didn't know about the scribe. Thanks Leah :)
SenhorTudo (3 months ago)
I'm a terrible case: I fiddle with everything that can come loose using finger pressure, so that I discovered the scriber when I was still a teen in workshop class at school. The teacher walked past while we were marking off a piece of wood and saw me using it. He nodded and walked by. Only later did he address the class, saying: "There is only one among you who knows what that extra knurled knob on the combination square is. In fact, he's the only one in the entire school who knows what it is."
seejanedrill (3 months ago)
awesome story, thanks for sharing that!
Rick Nason (3 months ago)
seejanedrill (3 months ago)
lambiepie (3 months ago)
Great video. I've always felt extremely stupid trying to figure out how to use a combination square, but you covered a lot and helped me enormoously. One thing, Lea, it's HEIGHT, NOT HEIGTH. The word doesn't end with the "th" sound, it ends with the "t" sound. Sorry, but I can't help myself, it's a curse.
Brian Gildea (3 months ago)
Nope didn't know. You're awesome!
seejanedrill (3 months ago)
thanks 🙂
Charlotte Apparcel (3 months ago)
Never knew
William banks (3 months ago)
did not know
J Peck (3 months ago)
I like your videos...very informative. I learned about the "secret tool" in wood shop back in the 70's from our teacher...a real deal shop teacher - he only had one eye.
seejanedrill (3 months ago)
LOL as one who also had wood shop in school back then, I totally cracked up at your comment!
Paul Meyers (3 months ago)
No, I didnt. Thank you
Arne Johansson (3 months ago)
I was just thinking about that because I bought a combination square the other day. Thank you!
seejanedrill (3 months ago)
you're very welcome, Arne!
PhukDup MudClub (3 months ago)
Hey thats awesome! I've used a combo square about 1,735,584,374,8487 times in my life, and never new about the hidden tool lol. Nice vid!
seejanedrill (3 months ago)
thanks 🙂
ben davidson (3 months ago)
I have know that for 65 or 70 years.....
seejanedrill (3 months ago)
Fred Smith (3 months ago)
the scriber is for people who use the combination square for metalworking!! Yes I knew of its existence indeed I use mine quite often.
seejanedrill (3 months ago)
Christopher Samuels (3 months ago)
Just found out today, thanks!
Bravarija Štrbac (3 months ago)
hi, it is amazing to see how good you are with tools and other things. We watch you in Croatia , Europe. All the best and continue with nice work.
seejanedrill (3 months ago)
Wow, that is awesome! Thanks for watching.

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