Woodpeckers’ new DelVe Square is like a smaller version of a speed square, but also better suited for woodshop, needs in contrast to a general construction setting. It has specially sized dimensions that allows it to serve in place of brass setup bars, at least for the most common sizes, and the special features don’t end there. This patent pending layout tool gets its name from its designer, Tom DelVechio.
Designed for woodworkers, this “not quite 4-inch long” precision tool can be used for measureless setup of mortise and tenons in 3/4″ stock, to set up up your table saw, router, or band saw, to find angles like a protractor, and yes, even for layout and measuring tasks.
Let’s start with the built-in measurements. The body of the triangle is 1/8″ thick. The base is 1/4″ thick. The base is offset, so that it makes 1/4″ and 3/8″ measurements against the triangle body. Finally, the base is 3/4″ wide. Of course, you can always set the square on its edge, and use the inside scale to make other height measurements.
The 1/16″ scale is perpendicular to the base and has holes every 1/8″ for scribing lines. There is also a “peep” hole in the side of the triangle, which can be used in conjunction with a self-centering bit to drill holes in the exact center of a 3/4″ wide board.
The DelVe Square can still be used like a mini speed square for the shop. You can use it to mark a perfect 45° angle, or pivot the square on the edge of the base and use the angle scale on the hypotenuse to mark your desired angle. And because the base extends wider than the triangle body, you can use it to mark around the edges of the board.
Woodpeckers CNC-machines the DelVe square from a single piece of high quality tool-plate aluminum, and then of course they protect it with their iconic red anodization.
This minuscule — yet mighty — woodworker’s square will run you $50 through Woodpeckers. Alternatively you can also order it through Highland Woodworking, or several other authorized dealers for the same price. Remember, this is a “OneTime Tool.” Woodpeckers only allows ordering until July 6, 2015, and only after this date will they the schedule actually manufacture the DelVe Square in the pre-ordered numbers. The shipping estimate,which can change, is November 2015.
I’m a sucker for precision tools. You watch people in videos using them so quickly and confidently to layout their projects, and it makes you think that if “I could just have one, my projects would turn out better.” I’ve found that, with practice, that less expensive layout tools can achieve pretty good results. But something in me still wonders if maybe my self esteem would be greater if I owned some of these beautiful precision tools.
Ha! Kidding about marketing aside, this actually looks like a pretty useful tool. I use my speed square to layout projects and my brass setup bars to set up equipment all the time. It’d be nice to have something a little more precise than a speed square on hand, and the DelVe Square looks pretty bulletproof too, not to mention well-featured.