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How badly do I need a surface plate?

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Mike Poole22/07/2019 15:47:43
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.I think a surface plate makes a useful reference surface for marking out and checking and the nice thing is that it is most likely to be absolutely fine for most home workshop purposes. I believe that mine is flat and as I cannot check the calibration without spending a lot of money then my belief is all I have. I suspect that even if it failed a calibration check is would still be close enough for jazz. Had I not got this one for £0 I would probably have a plate glass one. I do view the surface plate as very useful for marking out but this task may be in decline as machines equipped with DROs make accurate marking out less essential. Still useful for hand made parts though. It provides a useful reference to set up V blocks and angle plates for marking or checking. If you have one it will almost certainly find uses and you may adapt your working methods to make marking and checking easy. A vernier or digital height gauge is a useful friend for a surface plate and can improve your marking out and make accurate measuring and checking easier.

Mike

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