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    Straight Edge

    I want to buy a 36" straight edge. What do most folks here use, an aluminum or steel straight edge?

    Is 36" enough for most woodworking tools calibration.

    Starret seems too expensive so I am leaning towards Veritas from Lee Valley.
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    Lee Valley 36" steel has met all my needs including the jointer. Plenty heavy with a wide edge so it stays put. Nothing worse than chasing a lightweight straight edge across a surface with your feeler gauges. I have their extra long feelers too. Earned their keep many times. I'm sure there are others that are just as good.
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    Thanks for the response, Glenn. I guess you are the only one who uses an straight edge.
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    I have the same one that Glenn has. It is a rock. It weighs 5 pounds. You can set it someplace and work around it with a light and with feeler gauges without fear of it tipping. I just know, deep down in my heart, that if it were aluminum I would dink it someway and it is the wrong shape to use as a door stop.

    I don't have to use it often. HOWEVER, it gives me real confidence in setting up machinery. I have purchased tools and later felt that it was a waste of money. That is NOT the case with the straight edge. If it were stolen, I would order another one just like it and I would do it right away.

    Enjoy,

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    A good 36"steel one is on my wish list Mohammad but for now I use a 24" starrett steel ruler as that is all I have at this time

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    I like steel much better than aluminum. 36" x 2-13/32" x 7/32" Straight Edge with Beveled Edge and it is heavy. I treat it like a baby.


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    I have a steel one that I bought somewhere in Montreal about 30 years ago. It has travelled a lot and stood up very well.

    But, 36" is not quite enough -mine is one metre long.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Mine is a one meter (39.36 inches) steel Mututoyo that I got in Japan about twenty years ago.
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    Thanks guys. I will order the 36" one. If it is good enough for Glenn, Jim and Bill then it is good enough for me.
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    I've got a 36" Veritas also from LV, but it is the aluminum unit. I couldn't swing the steel one at the time. Really wanted it though. But this is pretty stable. I've not had any issues. Jim.
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