|Forum topic by bobasaurus||posted 804 days ago||3195 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
804 days ago
I just received a 24” aluminum lee valley / veritas straightedge I had ordered. Given the usual high quality of tools from lee valley, I was expecting it to have a perfectly flat, smooth edge that I could use to check wood and tools for flatness. It does seem to be flat, but the quality of the machined edge is not very good. It still has the circular milling marks on the surface:
The picture softens them a bit, but I can feel the small bumpy ridges while running a finger across it. This may not be a big issue to some, but I was really expecting an absolutely flat and smooth edge given the cost and reputation. The edge bordering the milled surface has also been eased a bit, giving it a rounded-over look that makes it very difficult to visually tell if something is flat below it, unless I hold a super bright flashlight behind it. Maybe a set of feeler gauges is necessary, but with just an ordinary ruler I could do a better job of checking surfaces with my eyes.
Maybe I’m just nitpicking here… does anyone else have one of these with similar machining? I’m not sure if this is really a big enough issue to bother returning it. Are the lee valley steel straightedges better than the aluminum in terms of machining?
-- Allen, Colorado