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    Default Low buck straight edge. Or waste of time?

    Any success in using a cast iron level as a accurate straight edge? I ran across a cast iron carpenter level that is build like a truck with lots of webbing, So I am thinking of using it as my machine straight edge. The only difference I can see is the base is about .250 thicker than a actual "scraper straight edge".
    After 50 years of aging, I would assume any movement is going to be minimal from the carpenters level and the casting is going to be a quality material. And as a plus, thousands of cast iron levels are on Ebay cheap.


    Or was thinking of using Durabar,,

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    That should be OK. I would like to stop by tomorrow and pick up my tools and we can look at level and talk about it. Call me in the morning please. Rich

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    And as a plus, thousands of cast iron levels are on Ebay cheap.
    can you post a link?
    recent production?
    Are these 4' or shorter?

    Some of the CI carpenters levels from the late 1800's are somewhat valuable.

    smt

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    I did a short old 10 or 12 inch Stanley, which turned out OK.

    Some of the longer ones are kinda spidery in construction, and might not be consistent in the way they expand with temperature, etc. I have one Stanley which is 24 inch, that is my fall-back if I can't find a decent camelback, but I really don't think it will do well, it's too light. 24" x 2.5" x 0.875". Too much cutaway around the cross-vials.

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    Years ago my uncle scraped a Hybridge level for a straight edge. He bought it at a flea market for .25 cents.
    The vials were broken or missing.My cousins and nephews still use it when needed.Hybridge was known for quality cast iron levels,made in Hybridge NJ.
    mike


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