One Square To Rule Them All: 1281 Precision Woodworking Square | Deep Dive

One Square To Rule Them All: 1281 Precision Woodworking Square | Deep Dive

Woodpeckers 1281 Precision Woodworking Square:

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The 1281 Precision Woodworking Square has been our most popular tool for years. In this 7-minute video Jeff Farris shows you the features that have made this square a favorite of woodworkers around the world.

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0:00-0:34 Welcome
0:35-1:17 Why So Popular?
1:18-1:59 Central Core
2:00-2:23 Shoulder Support
2:25-2:45 Layout Notch
2:46-3:07 Corrosion Free
3:08-4:14 Accuracy
4:15-5:23 Perfect Size
5:24-6:02 Blade
6:03-7:19 Wrap-up


  1. ynotjf on January 3, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Well if you don’t know why it’s the most popular, guess what? After watching this video either do I..

  2. N P on January 3, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    What’s with the stupid music?

  3. Frank B on January 3, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    so having my "actual" address isn’t good enough to receive a catalog.. you need to harass me with emails too? really?

  4. EPSTomcat11 on January 3, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Wish they’d come with dual units

  5. Reyome Designs on January 3, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Ordering now!! I love this one.

  6. David K. on January 3, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    I love my 1281 square and use it in my tiny garage shop on every project. But I can’t wait to get my basement cleaned out enough to move my work space indoors. Then I’ll break out my precious 1281SE square where it will be much less likely to grow legs and wander off. It’s not the usual Woodpeckers red, but it’s gorgeous just the same.

  7. Alan Matthews on January 3, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Yeah but who can afford y’all’s tools? I can but I just won’t allow myself to purchase them.

  8. Tim Stratton on January 3, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Hope to see some inventory shipping to Canada soon. Be safe.

  9. J316 Fine Woodworking on January 3, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Man you guys are rich…beautiful squares…nice fesstool stuff to…heck of a shop…maybe one day Lord willing my shop will be just as impressive

  10. Mark Bongers on January 3, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    I have the 1281 SE and the 1281SS, love them both

  11. Chuck Nickerson on January 3, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    With a blade that thick it would be really useful if the scribed lines ran down the side.
    But that would probably make it a *bit* more expensive.

  12. AD Associates on January 3, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Good tool but over price!😛😛

  13. A S on January 3, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Good squares but they are not available in Europe for months, good does not help if you don’t have it.
    Perfect for checking square, for Lay-out the blade is to thick, to many options for errors.

  14. edwin j on January 3, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Are there any purposes to the round hole and oblong hole in the central core along where the measurements are marked?

  15. czarnick2 on January 3, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Aluminum and stainless can be a very bad combination for corrosion in some circumstances. In this application, the small amount of stainless (cathode) in a much larger aluminum (anode) base should be fine, especially if it stays in the shop.

  16. BanEsa Banquetes on January 3, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    hello again from México city good tools and videos

  17. dave daved on January 3, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    great vid. but i want the square that you made in 2013 that was ONE piece aluminum for the entire unit. NOW THAT WAS A sqaure,

  18. BlackSwan912 on January 3, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    UPDATE 5-28-2021 – USERS BEWARE! The inside and outside markings of the blade are NOT IN SYNC! I discovered this the hard way mid-project. They are out by 1/32" on one side, less on the other. The official Woodpecker response through Chris N was: That is not a defect in the tool. Each side of the blade is independent from the other side. The inside measurement references off of the aluminum cheeks of the tool and the outside references off of the sole/bottom of the blade and cheeks. All of our squares are like that. <<< To that I say Poppycock. That is a bad design, and it cost me in my project. Also, if that were intentional, why isn’t it the same on both sides of the blade?
    ORIGINAL: I personally like it for its feedback and knowing it is my reference tool. I check every square two ways: against this tool, and again with back-to-back scribe lines. I’m also learning to LOVE the DelVe SS little one, and the small Saddle square. My first WP was that tiny 1” square. I love that one too.

  19. Sridhar on January 3, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Great presentation. 👍

  20. twain307 on January 3, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    well, they sold me, and I ordered one, only to find out that it may not be available and shipped until June. that is disheartening.

  21. John Barr on January 3, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    This certainly is a case of diminishing return.

  22. fred san さん on January 3, 2022 at 9:05 pm

  23. michael dunn on January 3, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    WP hand tools are expensive but at the same time give the builder a huge return for their dollar. I am slowly replacing some of my measuring tools with WP products. I place Starrett/BCT/Blue Spruce and WP all in the same category. For my needs they are all interchangeable in fit finish and performance. You get what you pay for with these tools. Continued success Woodpecker and continued innovation

  24. Charles Eballa on January 3, 2022 at 9:06 pm


  25. Rob V. on January 3, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    I have two of the Woodpeckers squares, they are okay. Really don’t need the zillion other variations.

  26. Tomi Wijaya on January 3, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Can’t afford it, too expensive for DIY person like myself

  27. Jim L on January 3, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    I’ll keep my Starrett.

  28. Wendell Stroup on January 3, 2022 at 9:12 pm


  29. Luis Moreno on January 3, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    I, just got mine, but the cheeks that got with the stainless steel pins are not pressed all the way in, there’s a gap from the cheeks to the square.
    Does anyone has experience this with the 1281 square?

  30. STAN MASHEK on January 3, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    great video would love to have just cant afford it

  31. Scott Morris on January 3, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Just received mine yesterday. Tested it, and it equals my Empire combination square, 1/32” off at 12”.

  32. MixingGBP on January 3, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    I think its it’s popular because of the red anodized finish.

  33. BJ Vanderboom on January 3, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Is the t-square holder behind you a custom build? If so, do you have plans available?

  34. Volker Schöpke on January 3, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    First, I love the Woodpeckers Tool’s. 😊 but in Germany all tool’s form Woodpeckers sold out since a few month.

    Thanks from Germany for the incredible Tools.

  35. mark nadin on January 3, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    whats shipping price to uk.thanks

  36. Daniel Nilsson on January 3, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    I think it’s three things mainly; 1) the lip, 2) how solid it is (the thickness has never been useful in any way to me, quite the opposite, except the one thing, that it stays true, I trust it), 3) for a WP piece, it’s sort of affordable. I would want it thinner. Or beveled like the T-600 and buy two, beveled each way. I want holes in it. It’s not perfect, but it’s sturdy and true, and practical.

  37. Draztiq Meshaz on January 3, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    I like the stainless blade version better, but there’s an appeal to this one as well for sure. I’d blame the popularity at least in part on the many youtube woodworkers who have that red beauty.

  38. brb318 on January 3, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Just like a Harley Davidson, way overpriced. You can keep it woodpeckers. I’ll use something else.

  39. Mike DAntonio on January 3, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    I am too slowly replacing my old tools with WP tools.. I have to say though, you guys are the “APPLE” of tools as far as design and appearance goes.. Pretty and functional… 🙂

  40. Gopher Woodshop on January 3, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    I own this tool and absolutely love it.

  41. Humblehombre on January 3, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Just the right size, if you use just the right sized drawer or frame…or piece of plywood. Still a very good tool.

  42. Nanoqx on January 3, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    Jeff, thanks again for another information "Deep Dive". I already have a 1281R on order with a few other goodies as well, and I’m trying to decide on either aluminum or S.S. for the 18×12 and 26×16. I too like the solidness of the aluminum, but with the thickness of the blade parallax on the markings is a concern for me. I don’t see that there is a version available with a tapered edge like you have on your T-Squares, is that right? If not, that would be a nice feature, especially for us older woodworkers. Thank, Chuck

  43. Henry Sara on January 3, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Got mines today happy camper and American Made, so happy twice.

  44. David Walser on January 3, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    I like this square. However, I wish the graduations along the blade would go ‘around the corner’ of the edge of the blade just slightly. With that thick of a blade (which is nice for other uses), it’s too easy to make a measurement error when the surface you’re marking is so far below the top of the blade.

  45. heystarfish100 on January 3, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Are these aluminum tools from Woodpeckers easily scratched or dented. If I accidentally bobble it and drop it will it be ruined?

  46. B24FIT Fitness & Nutrition on January 3, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    I can’t get one in the UK grrrrrrr

  47. Terry Duprie on January 3, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Have it; love it; would buy it again; well worth the price; the bonus – Made in the USA.

  48. Michael Steel on January 3, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    I have the stainless steel version. It is accurate enough to calibrate some of my other tools.