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    Straight answer please

    I'm needing a 24" straight edge (minimum length) for precision alignment of the fret board and frets on my guitar. Woodcraft sells the Pinnacle 24" unit for $90.00. ($190.00 for 48") I've seen other brands for more and some for less....

    Not ever using one of these "high precision edges" I can't judge how much more accuracy I can gain. Heck, I don't even know how much I need. I've always just used a steel ruler to align my table saw, jointer and planer. It has worked well.

    So I'd like to know:
    1. What do YOU use when reaching for your "straight edge"?
    2. Do you think the high priced precision edge is needed in woodworking?
    Thanks for any straight advice you can give...

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Whittaker View Post
    1. What do YOU use when reaching for your "straight edge"?
    2. Do you think the high priced precision edge is needed in woodworking?
    What ever is handy. I do have a 36" alum ruler/yard stick. I have jointed a piece of scrap. Broken Four foot level.

    Not no but HECK no. It's wood and we are not machinists! There is no way we can work to that kind of precision. The wood moves more than that too.

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    I have the 24" one of these. And ther are pretty inexpensive.

    http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...at=1,240,45313
    Jim

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    I use the 50" Veritas aluminum one on the page that Jim showed a link to. http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...at=1,240,45313 I think that for the money this is the best deal around. They are as accurate as I will ever need.

    If you need more accuracy take a look at these. http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...240,45313&ap=1

    "STRAIGHT ANSWER PLEASE" ----- I like that!!!!!
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    Not sure exactly what operation you need it for, but the "right tool for the job" search probably starts here:
    http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Fretting...Measuring.html
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    John, I also have the the 50" Veritas straight edge. It's not a tool that I use everyday but it is nice to have when I do need a straight edge.
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    For checking frets and fingerboard alignment on a guitar, I'd think a $90 straightedge would be overkill. I'd go with the 24" aluminum one from Lee Valley for $23.50. (I've got the 38" version for setting up my jointer, but it'd be too long for a lot of guitar stuff.) I've dressed a lot of frets with a plain old 18" steel ruler as my guide.
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    john, the oly time i reach for something other than an mdf or baltic rip i grab a 25"bar of knife steel...i`m thinking that for guitar necks,(i`ve not ever built one!)....that just about any ol` straight piece of stock would work, afterall they`re made to be adjusted with a truss rod, so as long as you set the frets parallel with each other you should be good to go?
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    I have the 24" woodcraft one, I use it for my jointer, it makes setting up my jointer a LOT easier.

    For your purpose, I think the LV aluminum one would be fine, but I'd not fret about it..........

    Sorry, could not resist!!
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    Hey John,

    Don't know anything about guitar making, so I'm not sure if my comments are helpful. I pretty much follow the same thoughts as Tod and Jeff. Aluminum yard stick, 48" level, ripped piece of ply/MDF, etc...

    We need to schedule another get together soon! I'm tied up through the middle of June, but after that let's see if we can set something up!

    Ed

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