Johnson Johnny Square – 7″ Aluminum Rafter Square RAS-1 – Review


Want a quality USA built rafting square?  Look no further, Johnson Level has released the RAS-1 Johnny Square.  The square has a few features that make it stand out from other squares.  It has a scribe marks so your pencil stays locked and you get a consistent straight line.  There is a beer bottle opener in the center of the tool for those end of the day beers.  Or for those of you that like to pound some beers at lunch before the superintendent comes back from lunch.  The markings are deep and easy to read, they are mirrored on both sides.

Eric was building a barn for the TIA goats and I took the Johnny Square out to him to see what he thought.  In construction being square is the key to any structure.  The square one of the most valuable tools on the job site.  With this 7″ rafting square you can make perfect straight cuts with ease.  Easily scribe lines for cutting , make angle cuts and so much more.  Johnson also includes a comprehensive guide on how to properly use the tool.  I thought this was a very nice addition and makes the tool even more versatile.  When Johnson says made in the USA, they mean it.  “Johnny” is a real Wisconsin contractor who helped inspire this product.  Over the summer we got to go visit the Johnson factory in Wisconsin.  It was amazing watching each product being built and we actually saw a Johnny Square prototype.

If you are a Pro or a homeowner you will love the Johnny Square,  everything will be a lot straighter with the use of this tool.  It is built with the quality and pride that you can only find in the United States of America.  I will spend my hard earned dollars on a Johnson Level tool any day.  Luckily this has a MSRP of only $12.99.  Check out Johnson Level



  1. Dan–You seem impressed with the Johnny Square; will you be doing a “throwdown” comparison with other similar tools (i.e., Swanson Speed Square, the Stanley Tools version, etc.)? Things that would be good to know are: Accuracy (is it a true 90 degrees); finish of the square (cast, cast and polished, etc.); readability of the markings (raised or relief markings and whether they are painted for easier viewing of the hash marks and numbers), or are the numerals silk-screened on the surface; compare plastic vs. aluminum versions for accuracy and durability on the job site. Breaking down these features would be helpful for first-time buyers, as it is often difficult to make meaningful comparisons at the point-of-purchase.

  2. I’ve own one for awhile and would reccommend this tool as one of the eccental tools for almost every application. In the job site you can use it as a door ajar tool while you run to the truck for what was forgotten.It leaves the door ajar just enough to allow a finger edge to get back in.That not the only trick niether.When I needed to use something to hold a flat piece of lumber where there was no other subporting means, I used a scrap piece of 1″x2″ and screwed it to the lumber. Our square has these lovely ribbed opening inwhich I was able to screw to the scrap piece of wood that was on the panel. I knew the panel was a true 90 degrees because of the way I screwed the square to the scap and the scrap to the pannel. I mounted the pannel then went to the back of the display and drove a couple of penny nails to hold it in place. Removed the the scrap wood from the panel, pack a little fill and lightly sanded until it was not noticable.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here