Steel Straightedges
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As a woodworker, you often need a good straightedge for layout and to check the flatness of wide surfaces if they have been hand or machine flattened.

A good steel straightedge does the trick. These are 1-5/16 wide, and we found them in a toolmaker’s shop in China, and picked them up as a great value. It’s important to recognize that these are not "Starrett" as you might use for machine shop set-up. (Nor do they cost, at 20-25% of a Starrett, anywhere near as much. If you need a Starrett kind of precision, you’ve got to spring for the big bucks.) But at a tolerance of 0.0005" per inch of length (their possible out-of-absolute-flat is about 1/64” over a full 36" - less of course, with a shorter length). That's plenty good for woodwork results checking (do you need a Rolls Royce to get to the mall?).

These have a bevel "knife edge" making them easy to "read". The edges are marked in decimal inches (machinist style) instead of imperial fractions or metric increments. (Note: the 1st inch of markings is not intended to be used for accurate measuring, in those cases start at the one and make your way up the rule.)

By the way, here is a tip from us. We are very enthusiastic fans of flattening boards by hand - at least in the final stage of this work - for the simple aesthetic reason that such boards reflect light after the top coat is applied in much more beautiful ways that those that are left machine flattened. Your customers (perhaps your family) will be impressed by the difference.

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