36 inch straight edge

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Project by need2boat posted 11-14-2011 08:37 PM 3279 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This weekend I wrapped up a few small projects one of them a 36” straight edge. This was made from scrap. It’s Macacauba. I designed it in illustrator: read, I’m still not up to speed in google sketchup ;-). I printed out the design and taped it to the wood for guide in cutting out.

I’m working at my rasp skills so I filed it by hand then used card scrapers.


-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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#1 posted 11-14-2011 08:39 PM

I should have added I altered the center design as the scrap I had would not give me the height. It’s a bummer as I liked the design but I can back burner it for the next one I need.


-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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#2 posted 11-14-2011 08:49 PM

Nicely done – Great looking wood..

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#3 posted 11-15-2011 12:54 AM

Nicely done. What are the height and width dimensions? I like the detailing on the ends. It adds a touch of class.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 11-15-2011 02:07 AM

Looks great. Beautiful wood.
I love my wooden straightedge. Wish I had made it sooner.

-- Richard B, Birmingham Alabama

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#5 posted 11-15-2011 03:04 AM

What are the applications for this type of straight edge? Sorry for beginner question but I resemble that remark.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#6 posted 11-15-2011 03:27 AM


It’s a 2.5high in the center 1/2 thick and tapered at the ends. I can email you the PDF of the file I used. just pmail me your address.


-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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#7 posted 11-15-2011 03:32 AM


They can be used for marking or striking a line, or setting up a jointer. Things you’d use a metal straight edge for. The advantage being you can true them if they hit the floor and they are cheep and quick to make.


-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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#8 posted 11-15-2011 03:41 AM

I too am intriged, but am wondering about using wood for such a thing. Do they stay, well, straight, for use as straight edges? I’ve read so much about warping wood, being a beginner, I don’t understand how this works.

Beautiful! I’d much rather make than buy… give us tips!

-- --bch

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#9 posted 11-15-2011 04:15 PM

The molded end is a nice way to deal with the taper. The will really help keep is straight.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#10 posted 11-15-2011 04:30 PM

Bch, We will see how true it stays but my shop is heated and the wood I used was really quite straight grain. The tapered ends much like they do on coffin plans allows the wood to breathe better.

My guess is I will need to plane once a year at most. I think it hitting the floor is a bigger issue then temp but your talking about a 10 min fix at best to plane it.

-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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#11 posted 11-15-2011 04:47 PM

Joe: A great job. I’ve got a some of Macacauba that I need to find a use for. I like the built in finish from the wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 11-15-2011 09:54 PM

looks good :-)
and if you unfortunaly drop it on a project it won´t damage it as much as one in metal

thanks for sharing

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#13 posted 11-16-2011 03:49 PM

looks nice… almost as nice as it would look in my shop.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#14 posted 02-21-2012 05:25 AM

If there is concern about warping, it could be laminated.

Mistreatment of steel straightedge can warp it, and it takes much longer to fix. I never use my iron one on project, just to check my wooden one.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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