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Forum topic by Vrtigo1 posted 02-04-2011 06:32 AM 1971 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2011 06:32 AM

Looking at getting a real straight edge for tuning up my jointer. Saw some posts about Starrett and Rockler, but was wondering what I actually need. I found the Veritas 24” for $54 at Highland Woodworking. I assume the Veritas 24” is long and straight enough for my 6” jointer but wanted to see if anyone had anything negative to say about it before I pull the trigger.

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#1 posted 02-04-2011 07:37 AM

Lee Valley has some nice aluminum ones. The 50” is machined to .003 over the entire length for $79. I don’t have it, but I’m planning to get one.

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#2 posted 02-04-2011 07:58 AM

I have the Veritas one and it’s 38” long. Works great on my 6” jointer.

Part number is 05N63.03 VeritasĀ® Aluminum Straightedge, 38”

Lee Valley $40

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#3 posted 02-04-2011 08:18 AM

I have the three steel ones. I love them. wonderfully accurate, and heavy, so they stay when I need them for drafting a blueprint. money well spent.

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#4 posted 02-04-2011 02:31 PM

Don’t forget this simple jig for setting the blades -
Sure beats paying big bucks for the metal ones and lots easier.


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#5 posted 02-04-2011 02:51 PM

Years ago I bought a jig for setting jointer blades, it’s called Magna-set. It’s saved me from frustration when installing the cutters. Mine similar to the one sold through Woodcraft.

I will say the price has gone up quite a bit, I paid less than $30.00 for mine 20 years ago.

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#6 posted 02-04-2011 03:37 PM

I prefer the Veritas steel model from Lee Valley or Highland woodworking. More expensive than the aluminum model, but the sides are machined perfectly parallel, like a huge version os a machinist’s parallel bar. This can be quite handy sometimes, like when aligning a drum sander.

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#7 posted 02-04-2011 07:54 PM

Not quite on topic but if you are going to start “tuning”, make sure you have a t-handle allen wrench that fits your fasteners (I’m speaking about Delta and I assume they are all the same). If I so much as look at jointer knives I start bleeding so I try to stay as far away from them as possible.

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#8 posted 02-04-2011 08:17 PM

I got the Lee Valley 38” aluminum one for $40. Worked a charm on my 6” Ridgid jointer. Was able to easily measure coplanarity as well as set the knives without using a dial indicator jig. (packing tape on straightedge method)

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