How do you safely store your straight edges?

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Forum topic by Holbs posted 03-23-2019 08:43 PM 434 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2019 08:43 PM

I have a 8’ precision straight level from a BORG purchased 5-6 years ago. I believe stated 0.005” precision (dout over the length because it’s more of a carpentry level than machinist precision level). It’s one of them True Empire levels. It is what I’ve been using to make things coplaner and flat. However, when I try to coplaner my jointer tables, I double check the accuracy by flipping the level upside down. I’m getting different readings with my feeler gauges.
Is now time to purchase a true precision straight edge. Opted for Taylor Toolworks via amazon for the 24” (claims 0.001” over 24”) and 50” (claims 0.003” over 50”). Will give these a shot. If not true, I’ll next go for the more spendier Veritas versions. No way could I afford the Starrett stuff :)
Either way… I learned 8’ long straight edge is hard to not to bump it into stuff, probably knocking it out of alignment. I assume, 50” or even 24” would be the same so critical care is needed.
Do folks with straight edges store them flat in a box? Hang from a tool hook? What’s the best way to store these things?

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 03-23-2019 09:11 PM

I have a 6 fool long Starrett straight edge. If you could see it up close you’d see it’s engraved with arrows in form each end where it’s to be supported at.

In the picture in upper right area you see it hanging on the wall. One end is partially hidden by the calendar and the other by the band saw.

It took this picture right after the earthquake. Happy to say the straight survived with out a scratch.

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#2 posted 03-23-2019 09:18 PM

I have a couple or 3…none over 40”. They hang (oriented like those above) on their non machined edges in an out of the way spot.

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#3 posted 03-24-2019 05:18 AM

My 39 inch aluminum one has a hole in each end. I just hang it on a nail, sort of in a corner with the machined edge towards the corner, in case it gets bumped.

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#4 posted 03-24-2019 05:25 AM

I hang my precision straight edge from the hole in one end . It also hangs in the tube it was shipped in to prevent rusting. My other Lee Valley straight edges that I keep in a long tool holder are not precision.

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#5 posted 03-24-2019 07:18 AM

ok. hole it is. was unsure if removing 3/8” hole or such would affect any accuracy

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#6 posted 03-24-2019 12:21 PM

Looks like the Taytools aluminum straight edges have hanging hole so that presumably would be a simple way to store it. If it didn’t come with a hanging hole I wouldn’t make one. If if comes with a case, I would use it.

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