Squares, Rules & Bevels

The need to measure and mark out measurements is a fundamental in all industries and applications. Squares, Rules & Bevels are a widely used measurement hand tools available in a range of sizes, types and features. Cromwell stock a selection of squares, rules and bevels from supplier Kennedy, Irwin, Stanley and Mitutoyo.

What are squares, rules and bevels?

Bevels  -   Also known as sliding bevels, sliding T-bevels are an adjustable measuring and marking hand tool that is used to easily measure, layout and transfer angles to workpieces. They are the ideal solution to ensure accuracy where standardised angles such as 90 degree or 180 degree angles are not possible.
Rules  -   Are a basic measuring tools, they are extremely accurate and calibrated unlike the standard ruler. They are made from a variety of material ranging from steel, aluminium, wood or plastic. Often available in a bigger range of lengths. They are usually have the measurement scale in inches and centimetres but some have masonry bricklaying marks or half millimetres.
Squares  -   Also called measuring squares or bevel squares are a type of set square that is used to measure the angle between two surfaces to determine accuracy. In appearance they consist of two straightedges that are aligned right angles. They are highly versatile and can be used for various tasks and applications.

When are squares, rules and bevels used?

Squares, bevels and rules are used in conjunction with each other for a variety of measurement , layout and alignment tasks which include:
• Woodworking
• Metalworking
• Stonemasonry
• Carpentry
• Engineering
• Architecture
• Geometry
• Technical drawing
• Design
• Plumbing

Considerations when choosing a squares, rules and bevels

Size  -   There are a variety of sizes and styles available. It is important to ensure the bevel, square or rules is long enough to be able to capture accurate measurements.
Unit of Measure  -   Squares, rules and bevels are available in metric, imperial and also some special measurement such as half millimetres and masonry bricklaying marks.
Accuracy  -   Not all squares, rules and bevels are the same and have different levels of precision and exactness. Depending on your needs, consideration at selection it vital to ensure accuracy.


What parts are in a sliding bevel?

A sliding bevel is made of two parts, the blade and the stock. The stock is typically made from high quality rosewood material. The blade are usually from hardened and tempered steel. The blade is adjustable and can be at a variety of angles and locked into position.

Is a bevel a measuring tool?

Yes, a bevel is a basic type of measuring tool that has been specifically designed for the purpose of measuring the angle of a workpiece, then used to transfer that same angle to another workpiece.