Safely Transporting Expensive Tools

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Digital ImageMy 6′ magnesium straightedge cost $100. The basswood boards cost nearly $400, and the trestle legs were another $150. I want them to last a long time, without being banged up.

In the first photo, you see a length of 3″ PVC pipe suspended from the ceiling of my van. The inside of the pipe is exactly the right dimension to hold and protect my straightedge, along with my 6′ metal yardstick and 4′ level.

In the second shot, you see how I’ve wrapped my 7′ boards in a soft blanket, and the trestle legs in a folded sheet, both secured with Velcro straps.

All these can now be transported in my Chevy Astro mini-van, knowing they will be safe from gouges or dings or dents or bends.

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