straight edge

  • Advertise with us

« back to Hand Tools forum

Forum topic by plang posted 02-11-2018 04:52 PM 376 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View plang's profile


117 posts in 3284 days

02-11-2018 04:52 PM

I am looking to purchase a straight edge to help with getting my table saw up and running. So far I have been impressed with Woodpeckers 36 inch SERXL-36. Do you know of a straight edge that is similar quality at a lesser price? I don’t need all the bells and whistles.

7 replies so far

View Loren's profile (online now)


10081 posts in 3578 days

#1 posted 02-11-2018 04:59 PM

I’ve found 24” adequate for most woodworking.

For longer I use a 78” level. I have one that
got bent though so I had to replace it.

I don’t recall using a straight edge to adjust a
table saw. I’m not sure what you’re doing but it
can probably be managed without investing in
a new tool.

View Andre's profile


1723 posts in 1736 days

#2 posted 02-11-2018 05:03 PM

Lee Valley sells a few different types, I have the 24” steel one, so far all I really need.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

View Redoak49's profile


3123 posts in 1918 days

#3 posted 02-11-2018 05:18 PM

I have the Lee Valley 38” aluminum straight edge which is about $42. It has worked well for me in machine setup.

View Holt's profile


227 posts in 2559 days

#4 posted 02-11-2018 07:03 PM

I think you picked the right one out of the gate. The guys at Carbide Processors are incredible. I buy all my Woodpecker stuff from them!

-- ...Specialization is for insects.

View bondogaposis's profile


4629 posts in 2281 days

#5 posted 02-11-2018 08:20 PM

These look pretty good for the price.

-- Bondo Gaposis

View woodcox's profile


2014 posts in 1942 days

#6 posted 02-11-2018 08:29 PM

I borrowed our steel 24” cylinder head SE from work and trusted it. I also checked some long extruded aluminum from a pet door against the edge and found it adequate also.

All good prices cited at length that I have seen.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

View John_H's profile


150 posts in 1636 days

#7 posted 02-12-2018 01:17 AM

Another vote for Lee Valley

You were thinking of spending around $60 for 36”. Lee Valley has their Veritas brand in aluminum. 38” for $41 (these look very similar to the ones bondogaposis posted. Right now Lee Valley has free shipping and you probably would not pay sales tax)

You can always step up to a Starret 36” in steel but that will set you back $212!

Link to the aluminum ones. I have their 50” and a 24”,240,45313,50074

I will add that Woodpecker makes a 36”

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics