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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-05-2010, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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I bought a nice steel straight edge and I am wondering how to keep it from getting rusty (I do keep it inside). Top Cote?

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HI Kelly

Pickup some PVC pipe and a threaded cap for both ends,rap the bar in some oily shop rags, put a bit of tape around it and drop it in the PVC pipe and put the caps on it..put in the corner and it will be like new every time you want to use it..

I have a steel straight bar (4ft ) that must be 25 years old that cost me 170.oo bucks and it's just like new...using the PVC way.

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Pickup some PVC pipe and a threaded cap for both ends,rap the bar in some oily shop rags, put a bit of tape around it and drop it in the PVC pipe and put the caps on it..put in the corner and it will be like new every time you want to use it..

I have a steel straight bar (4ft ) that must be 25 years old that cost me 170.oo bucks and it's just like new...using the PVC way.

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Bob, that's all well and good for you perfectionist fuddy-duddies but sounds to me like every time I wanted to use it I'd think "Oh jeeze....I gotta unwrap it and wipe it down and clean it up......I'll just grab this scrap of 1" ply and use that." How about just waxing it every now and then. Make it smoother to use too.
That's the way us non- fuddy-duddies would do it.
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Ya, Bob, what about that?

I do like your idea but I worry that I would get everything in sight oily. How about wax and the PVC pipe?

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Wax is always a bit sticky, I use a rag with paint thinner on it and wipe it clean every time I use it..one good wipe and it's good to go...the paint thinner is gone in about one min. or so in the air..
After all it's one of the tools in the shop you don't use all the time the norm, if your shop is like mine I have saw dust all over the place , the wax is like a saw dust magnet ,the PVC pipe is the trick unless you live in a high humidity spot..

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I do like your idea but I worry that I would get everything in sight oily. How about wax and the PVC pipe?

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I used to think having straight edges were the best thing until I remembered what my grand dad used all the time when he was a cabinet maker by trade. Nothing really beats an aluminum level.

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I am heading out for PVC pipe tomorrow.

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Levels don't sit down nice on the material. Straight edges do.
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Why not use T9 spray on it ? I use it on my tables and no rust. Won't worry about any oil getting on the wood or wax ? Just what i would do. 2 cent's worth

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