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Forum topic by DraftsmanRick posted 03-04-2010 02:18 AM 12450 views 1 time favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2010 02:18 AM

I’m looking to buy a quality straight edge and wondering where to purchase from? The straight edge would be used for checking jointer tables for co-planer and other uses. Do any of you LJ’s have a good source? I’ve looked at Starret but hey, who wants to pay that kind of money? Some of there straight edges cost as much as a two quality routers….

Thanks for taking them time to read my forum topic and maybe offer a source.

Rick

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#1 posted 03-04-2010 02:40 AM

Leevalley.com sells some good straight edges. I have one of their steel straight edges, it is very good. They also have some aluminum ones. Nothing on the site is cheap, but it is good quality.

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#2 posted 03-04-2010 02:44 AM

I got a good one from Peachtree. Web site is ptreeusa.com

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#3 posted 03-04-2010 03:04 AM

I second Lee Valley. Including the link since it is not easy to find. Veritas Steel Straitedge.

Lee Valley Straitedge

http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=2&p=56676&cat=1,240,45313

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#4 posted 03-04-2010 03:34 AM

Or maybe woodpeck.com

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#5 posted 03-04-2010 03:38 AM

I get a heck of a lot of good use out of my 50” Veritas straightedge. It is accurate to within .003” over it’s length.

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/50aluminumstraightedge.aspx

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#6 posted 03-04-2010 04:06 AM

I also have the Veritas 50” aluminum straightedge. I have found many uses for it. It is, well, very straight.

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#7 posted 03-04-2010 04:23 AM

I own this 36” one from Hartville Tool.

http://www.hartvilletool.com/product/13575

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#8 posted 03-04-2010 04:26 AM

Hey guys thanks a bunch!!! How cool is it to get such a great responce from you all. Much appreciated! i’ll be checking these out this evening.

Thanks again,
Rick

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#9 posted 09-01-2011 05:25 AM

Rick, Did you every choose a straight edge? If so, what did you get?

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#10 posted 09-01-2011 06:46 AM

I hate how the hartville one only says accurate to .001”.
Is it actually .001” over 1” or 12” or the entire length?

Peachtree doesn’t even have a spec.

The starrett 380 also has text saying ”Arrows mark suspension points by which the tool should be supported (if needed) to minimize deflection due to its length and weight.”
Does this mean if I don’t support it, it will just bend to conform to the bow of a bad jointer bed?

My preference goes to the steel veritas 36” in that both sides are ground flat and the accuracy is .001” over the entire length. It might suffer from the same deflection issue, but at least I’ll pay less for it.

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#11 posted 04-20-2015 03:39 PM

Hope this does not bother anyone, but I though this should be bumped up to 2015. Answers a few questions I have seen in other threads.

Quality straight edges are not cheap or easy to find.

I bought the woodpecker. It is straight, well presented, has a great storage case/display, but it will not stand up on its own if you put a feeler gauge under it. So it might be going back. I could cut a block of wood to create a support for it, but that seems like it might get in the way more than anything.

I used it to set up my jointer this weekend, was able to get the table coplaner to less than .001” across 36” which is pretty darn amazing. Good product, just needed a wider base.

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#12 posted 04-20-2015 05:21 PM

Brian,

I have been looking for a 24” straight edge for general use, but will also be using it for guitar building.
I am thinking the Woodpecker would be good for that since it is aluminum, less chance of damaging the soft thin wood used for guitars. Which it came with a metric scale since that is what guitars use, but I could buy a separate scale or just convert to inches.

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#13 posted 04-20-2015 05:42 PM

I have a few Woodpecker tools and not only are the tools top notch, but so is their customer support. The lifetime warranty, guaranteed accuracy, and its made in America distinction, makes them a good investment for everyone.

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#14 posted 04-20-2015 05:44 PM

For the longer stuff I make, I have a 48” level. Shorter than that? Framer squares.

Have a 36” long Tinner’s yard stick, steel type.

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#15 posted 04-21-2015 09:52 PM

I can only speak for the straight edge I use. Starrett 385 series; very expensive, but very straight.

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