> On Sep 13, 2021, at 3:38 PM, Tony Seo via groups.io
> On 9/13/2021 2:40 PM, Kirk Eppler via groups.io wrote:
>> In mid 1953, they started advertising their take down square, claiming the
>> Only 2 Piece Easy Carrying Square, "Take Down" Rafter and Framing Square,
>> but I swear they were made much earlier by Eagle, I'll check later.
> Takedown squares were made by a lot of folks over the years. I've had
> them by P S & W and Pexto, Twix, Sargent had one, Stanley, and there
> were a number of smaller makers as well. Long time ago, there was a guy
> at the one flea market that used to collect them and would bring some of
> his duplicates to sell. I have a C E Jennings here that I can't get the
> joint fitted back together, which I need to get back to at some point as
> well as doing some cleaning on.
My take down square was made by Nicholls Mfg. Co., Ottumwa, IA, founded 1901. It
was one of the earliest of the hand tools I acquired. I inherited it back in the
early 80’s from a former Seabee who carried it throughout the Pacific durning
WWII. He was straight off the Iowa farm in 1942 and settled in California after
the war where he spent a number of years as a finish carpenter. I have a number
of his tools and still have the 1954 newspaper that he wrapped his 11 point
Sandvik crosscut saw in when he put away his tools in exchange for a coat and
tie. Sandvik are an excellent but unappreciated saw.
Here is a pic of a square like mine that I scrounged off the net: