13 Apr A Set of Three Imperial Edge Rules from Veritas
This is a very basic but also a clever solution from Lee Valley & Veritas (item 05N4650, $33.50). It’s a set of 90-degree rules that saddle the edge of a workpiece, making it easy to hold them accurately in position when measuring and marking layout lines. And the shape also makes it easy to transfer dimensions around a corner or over an edge. Each of the three rules in the set has an acute interior angle to ensure that they seat well even over saw whiskers, and they have beveled edges with etched gradations to minimize parallax errors. This design is particularly convenient when holding and marking off dowel rod stock. The wide leg on the L-shaped cross-section is for face work, while the shorter leg is for narrow stock and edge work. The Imperial set includes 6″, 12″ and 18″ lengths. The smaller rules have faces with depths of 3/4″ and 3/8″, while the 18″ rule has face depths of 1″ and 7/16″. The face of the wide leg reads left to right, while the short leg reads right to left. That makes it easier to cross-reference when transferring marks from face to edge. A woodworker can also use the rules on a flat surface and, since the shape makes them much easier to pick up than a flat rule, they soon become the shop’s go-to rules. The 6″ rule is small enough to fit comfortably in a pocket. They are made in Canada from aluminum with a black anodized finish. A metric set is also available (although currently out of stock) with equivalent savings. The item number for that set is 05N4660. The $33.50 price on the imperial edge rules is good until April 30, 2022 and allows a buyer to save more than 25% when compared to buying the rules individually.