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Stuff We Love: Straight Lines

For this week's Stuff We Love, we're diving into the world of tools that help pros create straight, clear lines on the job.

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Stuff We Love: Straight Lines

On this week’s edition of Stuff We Love, Marty Dyck takes a look at three tools that will help pros in any trade create crisp, straight lines. There’s an impressive laser from DEWALT plus a couple of tools from Milwaukee Tool, including a ruggedly reinforced expandable level and a mega-chalkline for layouts. 

To find out what Marty loves about these straight edge tools, watch the video below. Then keep reading to learn more about each individual product and find out where you can buy them online.

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Jobsite-proof inside and out

It’s clear pretty much right away that Milwaukee’s REDSTICK 48 in. to 78 in. Expandable Magnetic Box Level was built with professionals in mind. The entire tool is durable, but not just on the outside. A major problem with expandable levels is that the gears and pieces inside the level tend to loosen and break over time, leaving it unable to hold itself in its expanded form. To prevent that from happening, Milwaukee Tool made sure that even the internal components of the REDSTICK Expandable Level have been reinforced.

You can pick one up today at Home Depot.

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Three beams = two laser levels (basically)

DEWALT’s Self-Leveling 3-Beam Cross Line Laser Level is essentially two lasers in one. The third beam acts as a second plumb line that eliminates the need for a second level, saving you both money and space in your tool bags. The beams themselves are brighter than any previous DEWALT models, and there’s also a knob at the top of the laser that allows you to make micro-adjustments to your layout without having to move the entire unit.

Buy one at Home Depot for $288.39

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Large is an understatement

Calling this chalk line “large capacity” doesn’t really seem to do it justice. It’s got 150 feet of line and can hold up to 24 ounces of chalk at once, so refills are much rarer. In order to handle that much line, Milwaukee put a 4:1 gear retraction ratio into this tool that retracts the line quickly and efficiently. The 150 ft. Extra Bold Large Capacity Chalk Reel from Milwaukee Tool is available now at Home Depot for just $39.97.

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About Marty Dyck

Marty is a professional woodworker and the owner of Good From Wood, a custom woodworking shop located in Stillwater, MN. Specializing in unique, vintage barn doors, custom skateboards and other innovative wood products, Marty hopes to always build the piece that everyone talks about.
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