Simple Jigs and Techniques #10: Easy DIY Safety Straightedge

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 01-10-2015 06:23 AM 2943 reads 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I had a little knife and straightedge work to do and I know how (painfully) easy it is to slice a tiny piece of finger off while concentrating on the veneer. I hate getting blood on my veneer …. so I decided to take the time and make something that would keep my skin attached and my veneer clean. Turns out it only took about ten minutes and it works really well.
I had a bit of aluminium angle around and with a bit of oak scrap and a couple of screws it was done.

I’m not posting this because it is any sort of great discovery but rather just to point out how quickly and easily you can up your safety level from the old steel ruler. :-)

Thanks for looking in


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 01-10-2015 07:14 AM

Looks like an effective and safe solution.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 01-10-2015 07:24 AM

Simple and safe – Always a good combination.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#3 posted 01-10-2015 07:31 AM

Seems like a good solution but if it isn,t enough you can try:


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#4 posted 01-10-2015 01:05 PM

I made something similar once a way back. Great little idea. Never lost a finger before I had it but you can sure see the scars.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 01-10-2015 01:51 PM

Thanks Paul. That is a great idea. I thick I have a piece of aluminium angle in my shop. Looks like I have a little project for today.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 01-10-2015 02:04 PM

that reminds me of the time I had my left thumb sticking out while using the shooting board. Thanks for sharing this.

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#7 posted 01-10-2015 03:10 PM

Blood sweat and tears is part of the game but this changes the game .LOL
Nice one Paul and I will copy that today it’s such a good idea .


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 01-10-2015 04:11 PM

Got a patent yet??!!! You’re gonna make millions!!!

Great idea. Will be making on for myself.


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#9 posted 01-10-2015 05:56 PM

I think this is a grrrrr8 invention Paul.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 01-10-2015 06:03 PM

Thanks for a wonderful idea.

-- PER Larry

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#11 posted 01-10-2015 08:42 PM

Good safety idea Paul. Believe it or not I have been planning to do the same, but haven’t yet. Your post is a good reminder. It is very easy to cut your fingers with just a ruler. I haven’t done it yet, but I know I eventually will if I don’t do something about it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 01-10-2015 09:08 PM

Simply great!

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#13 posted 01-11-2015 02:30 AM

Made one today


-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 01-11-2015 04:27 AM

Very nice Klaus! I Like the lacewood, very elegant.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#15 posted 01-11-2015 07:34 PM

Nice to see you take care of those talented hands. ;-)
I have cut fingertips more often than I want to remember, working as an architect building house models.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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