OneTIME Tool - 1281 Special Edition Square - 2023 - Retired August 21, 2023


Success in the workshop depends on careful machinery set up, accurate layout and consistently checking your work during assembly. All three jobs call for a precision square, and Woodpeckers 1281 established our reputation as toolmakers by performing all three flawlessly.  And now, as part of our OneTIME Tool program, you can own a 1281 Special Edition. The special edition features a different anodization process than our standard red squares. Hard Coat anodizing yields exceptional surface hardness, similar to the best tool steels. That tough exterior surface eliminates abrasion and resists UV fading.  

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12 x 8 Inch Special Edition Square, inch scale markings. 12 x 8 Inch Special Edition Square, inch scale markings. SKU: 1281SE-23
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300mm x 200mm Special Edition Square, metric scale markings 300mm x 200mm Special Edition Square, metric scale markings SKU: 1281SE-300-23
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All the Great Features of the Original 1281 Plus Hard-Coat Anodizing

Like every 1281 we make, the 1281 Special Edition starts with a central core that is precisely milled from cast and ground tool plate aluminum…the most stable aluminum in the world. The stability of the material and the methods we use to machine the core allow us to hold tolerance to ±.0085°…that’s within one thousandth of an inch at the far end of the 12-inch blade. 

 To this highly accurate core, we add cheeks to make the base thicker. The cheeks are narrower than the core by a quarter-inch, forming a shoulder not found in traditional square designs. The shoulder allows the square to rest on the edge of a board without you holding on. Once you use a Woodpeckers square with this feature, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. To keep the shoulder from interfering with your layout work, we notched it in the corner, allowing you to mark all the way to the edge of your material. 

There's so much to love about any 1281. You’ll notice the heft and balance of the tool when you first hold it. Between the finger grooves milled in the cheeks and the opening near the end of the blade, you'll find a comfortable grip any direction you need to hold the square. The scales are laser-engraved to a tolerance of .004" total accumulated error over the length of the blade, and squareness is held to ±.0085°. The Special Edition adds its super low-friction surface and tool steel hardness to the list. 

Your 1281 Special Edition will arrive in a custom-fitted MDF case that’s ready to mount on your shop wall, keeping it protected, but right in plain sight and always ready to go to work.  

We back up our confidence in the 1281 design with a Lifetime Guarantee. If you ever find your 1281Special Edition out of square more than .001" over the 12" blade length, send it back to us. We will repair it or replace it. 

Like all OneTIME Tools, the 1281 Special Edition Square is built to order, precisely machined and carefully inspected in our Strongsville, Ohio, facility just south of Cleveland. We will accept orders through Monday, August 21, 2023. Once the deadline passes and orders are filled, this product will be retired from our product line. Don't miss this chance to own a special version of our most popular tool. Order yours today. 

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Country of Manufacture United States