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Straight, plumb, true, however you put it, Winston Clagmore liked things to be in their place and correctly positioned. Winston was a milkman by trade but he was also something of an amateur carpenter. He enjoyed building things, so when his wife asked him to build a house on a little lot they had purchased in Dayton, Ohio, he was quite excited. One of the first tools Winston acquired was a Stanley #20 8" Carpenters Square that he would use to assure that everything in his new house was perfectly square.

So, on an early spring day back in 1928, Winston began building the house. By July he had only managed to get the floor down and two walls up. Actually if you were counting all the walls he had put up and taken down (because they weren't straight), it was more like thirty-six walls that he had built. By November of 1928, he had only completed the floor and the four exterior walls so there was no chance of moving in before winter. At the end of the summer of '29, Winston finally closed in the very straight roof. By early December of that year, there was a working (very straight) bathroom and a small but plumb kitchen, so the family of three moved into the house. Winston continued to plod away at the home's construction, year after year until finally in August of 1951 he declared to his very patient wife and four children (only one actually still lived at home) that he had completed the house and that it was perfectly plumb.

Ironically, The Clagmore's were served with papers on October 15, 1951. The State of Ohio was going to buy their property to make way for a new highway. Winston and his wife actually bought their house back from the state and moved it to a lot three blocks away.After the house was set on the new foundation, Winston pulled out his carpenter's square and discovered that it was no longer plumb. After that day, Winston was also considered no longer "plumb" and he moved to another home in the Ohio State Mental Hospital where he was put in charge of checking the walls for straightness.

Here's a wonderful early 20th Century U.S.A. made Stanley No. 20 model 8" carpenters square with rosewood handle, brass edge plates, brass joinery with steel ruler. This beautiful old tool has a nice patina to it and would make a fine addition to a vintage tool collection or could still be used by those who prefer using old tools. The handle is 5.5" (14cm) long; the steel ruler/straight edge is 9.5" (24cm) long and 1.5" (4cm) wide.

This tool is in good vintage condition. The wood handle has some light wear on the exposed wood edges but no cracks or major damage. There's a few small smudges of paint and other light stains. The rule is dark steel and has some scuffs and light scratches and a few light spots of surface rust. This tool looks like it is still true but we can't guarantee its accuracy.

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Antique Stanley No. 20 Carpenter's Square "Beautiful Wood, Brass & Steel"


  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Materials: brass, wood, steel
  • Only ships within United States.
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