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tech76

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05-20-2015 06:12 PM

Looking for a quality straight edge.
3 feet long minimum
Intend to use for furniture work and also ensuring jointer parallel etc.
What brands? What prices are good?


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boatz

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#1 posted 05-20-2015 06:17 PM

Veritas – they have steel and aluminum. I got the steel

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#2 posted 05-20-2015 06:37 PM

Lowes and Home Depot both carry 1/8” x 2” x 8’ aluminum flat bar that works great for a straight edge, you can cut it to length.

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#3 posted 05-20-2015 07:21 PM

I like the American made, lifetime warranty, guaranteed accuracy straight edge rules from Woodpeckers.

The SERX 36 is probably what you are looking for.

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BroncoBrian

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#4 posted 05-20-2015 07:35 PM

Definitely do not go the HomeDepot route. That is not close to accurate or straight enough for use as a quality straight edge. Assuming you want quality and accuracy. If this is an edge for drawing lines then this would be fine.

I bought the Woodpecker 36” which is beautiful and useless. Skip it. The rule is too high to stand up straight on its own and too light weight if you use a feeler gauge (which is why you but a straight edge). It tips over and is not easy to weight down especially for jointer setup.

I returned it, bought a 24” because the case is cool and I wanted it. Then I ordered the Veritas from Lee Valley that boatz mentioned.

It is awesome! .001” across the entire length (3x better than the woodpecker), thick enough to stand on end on its own, heavy, will last forever. It is a no bull straight edge with one purpose.

Very valuable item for anyone who wants to know how well set up their machines are. If you want a pretty ruler than also works as a straightedge the woodpecker is #2, but there is a big gap between #1 and #2.

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#5 posted 05-20-2015 08:18 PM

I would say, how much accuracy are you willing to pay for. Big box stores I’d say crap shoot, the more zero’s to the right of the decimal the more it will cost. Also, keep in mind that is generally in ratio to a foot of length. For example if it’s .001 accuracy rated, that means it can be off that much per foot of length.

For my money, I like wood peckers stuff. Starrett would be good even woodcraft brand, but you just don’t get the same degree of accuracy. The higher degree the more $$$$. What ever is your tolerance is the key.

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#6 posted 05-20-2015 08:34 PM

Home Depot route…but, invest in a GOOD 48” Level. As long as you take care of it properly, it will do that job, and a few others. Used mine to build the foundation for Sidney, OH Middle School’s new building in 2002. When it wasn’t in use, it stayed in it’s PADDED case. Good enough to build a school? Shouldbe more than adequate for a wood worker to use. Save the high tolerance stuff for machinist type of work, as it does call for that 0.00001” of flat. Wood?..Wood will move a lot more than that. And will keep moving during it’s lifetime…

Get as good a metal bodied or even Mahoganey bodied level as you can find, it will last a lifetime as well, IF you take care of it.

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tech76

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#7 posted 05-20-2015 09:19 PM

Thank you very much everyone, I appreciate the advice.

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#8 posted 05-20-2015 09:59 PM



For example if it s .001 accuracy rated, that means it can be off that much per foot of length.

For my money, I like wood peckers stuff. Starrett would be good even woodcraft brand, but you just don t get the same degree of accuracy.

- bonesbr549

True about the accuracy per foot on most products. The Woodpecker 36” is .001” per foot. So as much as .003” per the length.

The Veritas from LV is .001” over the 36” length. They make that clear. Definitely superior and with in $5-8 of the price, plus it is better for machine setup in every way except for the WP rule.

Starrett is more accurate than woodpecker, but I could not find a good straightedge from them, their stuff was too thin to stand on its own with interference.

As to the wood moving comment, you are right about that. But my guess is you do not buy this for checking the straight side of a board, it is for setting up tools. And that falls into the machine category. If a jointer is truly coplaner or .001” then good for you. At least you know your issues are with your wood and not your tool when something does not go well. We are talking about $20-80 of difference to setup $1,000s of tools. Definitely worth it!

Also, check out the One-Way Gauge, that is the best blade setup tool you can buy.

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bandit571

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#9 posted 05-21-2015 04:25 AM

Checking coplanar on my jointer…

Ohio Tool Co. #81, a 22” long wood bodied jointer plane. A hump was around the mouth opening. I was checking to see IF the sole was now flat enough to get it back to work. Lengthwise, and the diagonals were both checked. Plane works great. Of course, after a 100 years of use, even I would get out of flat….

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#10 posted 05-21-2015 04:34 AM

+1 Veritas. Had mine for years use it every day.

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#11 posted 05-21-2015 03:44 PM

+1 Veritas. Surprisingly cheaper than some big brands

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#12 posted 05-21-2015 04:58 PM

I love my 24” Starrett. It was expensive, but will be a lifetime tool. It’s accurate enough for machine setup as well.

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BroncoBrian

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#13 posted 05-21-2015 05:25 PM



I love my 24” Starrett. It was expensive, but will be a lifetime tool. It s accurate enough for machine setup as well.

- PatrickH

I wanted to get one. I don’t think there was a 36”, at least not that I saw. Do you use a wood block to keep it standing up, or just hold it? Their stuff is awesome, Starrett comb square is pretty incredible. I bought one and threw away 3 other squares that day when I realized that the were neither square nor straight. Good stuff.

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#14 posted 05-21-2015 05:31 PM

I just happened to buy the Empire Blue e2g 48” level from
Home Depot yesterday. I used it to check a straight edge
on a set of stiles I was jointing by hand (my only jointer
is a Woodcraft #7 and a shooting board) and it worked
quite well for the job. The machined edge on the bottom
was wide enough to set the stile on and with a light behind
spot any uneven areas.

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#15 posted 05-21-2015 06:24 PM

I love my 24” Starrett. It was expensive, but will be a lifetime tool. It s accurate enough for machine setup as well.

- PatrickH

I wanted to get one. I don t think there was a 36”, at least not that I saw. Do you use a wood block to keep it standing up, or just hold it? Their stuff is awesome, Starrett comb square is pretty incredible. I bought one and threw away 3 other squares that day when I realized that the were neither square nor straight. Good stuff.

- BroncoBrian


Starrett Straight Edges are available in 6 lengths: 12 inch – 12 inches long, 1-13/32 inches wide and 11/64 inch thick. 18 inch – 18 inches long, 1-13/32 inches wide and 11/64 inch thick. 24 inch – 24 inches long, 1-13/32 inches wide and 11/64 inch thick. 36 inch – 36 inches long, 2-13/32 inches wide and 7/32 inch thick. 48 inch – 48 inches long, 2-13/32 inches wide and 7/32 inch thick. 72 inch – 72 inches long, 3-5/32 inches wide and 9/32 inch thick.

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