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post #1 of 4 Old 03-26-2018, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Need a long multi-function/ use straight edge?

Ok, so, I thought I'd share something I use all the time. Its a long C channel straight edge essentially with capability to be modified for just about anything your pretty little brain can come up with. ha.

I had a customer downgrade and no longer needed their server rack. Long story short, I found myself with 2 84" amazing straight edges, that can be used for countless tasks in the workshop. Ive used mine for joining/ clamping more than anything else. These are very strong, and despite my multiple attempts to bend them/ they are still as straight as the day they were purchased 8 years ago. It is a 45u Tripp lite floor mount server rack.

Cost wise, not "cheap", but given how versatile they are, as well as the other hardware you could make just about anything with them. I thought about buying a 24u version and making a bieselmeyer fence out of them :)

Has anyone else used these? I highly recommend them.
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You can get U-Channel from a place that sells steel. A place like that would be cheaper.
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Alternately, you can go to your local metal supplier and buy a 12 foot length of 1in 3/16 wall angle iron for about $20 which will very likely be more than straight enough for woodworking tasks. Alternately, for the $116 you could spend cannibalizing a server rack, you could buy a little over 42 feet of extruded aluminium
t slot framing from 80/20inc and be able to do a whole lot more. Come to think of it, you could probably use the 80/20 stuff to build a server rack and have enough left over to use as a straight edge

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Hello, thanks for your replies! I know that you can buy something for cheaper, I just didnt "sell" the versatility/ uses of this device in a work shop. I only listed it as a straight edge type device.

Ill snap some pictures and post a video soon. Yes you can buy (*insert random steel here) cheaper :) But it is all the details in a server rack that has already been done for you that make it a "steal". haha. The amount of pre-tapped holes is rediculous, and each one of those tapped holes can be used for clamping, as a stop for repeated cuts, etc.

For example, 45u = 45*(1u). Any guesses on what 1u = in measurement? :) :) Yup 1.75" / 44.45mm . in a two rail rack system like this, every rail has 6 pre-tapped holes per 1 u, (3 on front of 1u, 3 on back of 1u, per side) so... 270 per side, 540 total. I think the holes are #12/24. FIVE HUNDRED AND FORTY PRE-TAPPED HOLES! haha.

The other great thing is: you can take the base, which is stupid sturdy, and using the 8 pre-drilled holes in the bottom, you can get 3/4" thread x whatever length you want, and turn it in to a portable / versatile and super wide bench clamp as well. And these are just the uses I have come up with so far.

I mean, if you wanted to, you could use them as ski's. who knows?? hahah.

Have a great day all!
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