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I'm looking to buy a quality straight edge and wondering where to purchase from? The straight edge would be used for checking jointer tables for co-planer and other uses. Do any of you LJ's have a good source? I've looked at Starret but hey, who wants to pay that kind of money? Some of there straight edges cost as much as a two quality routers….

Thanks for taking them time to read my forum topic and maybe offer a source.

Rick
 

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I hate how the hartville one only says accurate to .001".
Is it actually .001" over 1" or 12" or the entire length?

Peachtree doesn't even have a spec.

The starrett 380 also has text saying "Arrows mark suspension points by which the tool should be supported (if needed) to minimize deflection due to its length and weight."
Does this mean if I don't support it, it will just bend to conform to the bow of a bad jointer bed?

My preference goes to the steel veritas 36" in that both sides are ground flat and the accuracy is .001" over the entire length. It might suffer from the same deflection issue, but at least I'll pay less for it.
 

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Hope this does not bother anyone, but I though this should be bumped up to 2015. Answers a few questions I have seen in other threads.

Quality straight edges are not cheap or easy to find.

I bought the woodpecker. It is straight, well presented, has a great storage case/display, but it will not stand up on its own if you put a feeler gauge under it. So it might be going back. I could cut a block of wood to create a support for it, but that seems like it might get in the way more than anything.

I used it to set up my jointer this weekend, was able to get the table coplaner to less than .001" across 36" which is pretty darn amazing. Good product, just needed a wider base.
 

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Brian,

I have been looking for a 24" straight edge for general use, but will also be using it for guitar building.
I am thinking the Woodpecker would be good for that since it is aluminum, less chance of damaging the soft thin wood used for guitars. Which it came with a metric scale since that is what guitars use, but I could buy a separate scale or just convert to inches.
 

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I have a few Woodpecker tools and not only are the tools top notch, but so is their customer support. The lifetime warranty, guaranteed accuracy, and its made in America distinction, makes them a good investment for everyone.
 

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I ended up getting the Starrett 380-24. It is about the same price as the Veritas 36". I use it for tool setup and I have found it really nice. Still am unsure if the extra foot in the Veritas would have been better.
 

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For the longer stuff I make, I have a 48" level. Shorter than that? Framer squares.

Have a 36" long Tinner s yard stick, steel type.

- bandit571
I use my 48" level as a straightedge all the time, too. Good and stiff, and it has been verified straight on a granite table.
 

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Hi all, just wanted to contribute to this thread as I noticed this product on Amazon when searching for an economical but flat straightedge: http://www.amazon.com/Anodized-Aluminum-Straight-Guaranteed-Within/dp/B017CG96UY/ref=pd_cp_469_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0GKMR0MFKJ7DR1B6VSQ9

You'll quickly notice that there aren't any reviews for the product but the product description guarantees flatness to .003" over the ENTIRE 36" LENGTH which, if true, would offer solid value. Anyone here familiar with the brand? Taylor Toolworks? Hoping you don't simply get what you pay for in this case.
 
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