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Forum topic by Broooklyn posted 03-05-2010 07:36 PM 1626 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2010 07:36 PM

I’ve seen a few videos where people use metal bars for quick measures or placements. See here:

What are these called? I remember someone referred to them as some part of an engine so they are very precise. However, Googling “engine part metal thing” not so useful :)

-- Matt - Brooklyn, NY

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#1 posted 03-05-2010 07:41 PM

I believe those are keyway keys and can be found at hardware stores. They go in the shaft of an electric motor I believe. Anyone else?

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#2 posted 03-05-2010 07:41 PM

matt you beat me to it good shout

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#3 posted 03-05-2010 07:44 PM

Yes! That is it. Thanks Matt.

-- Matt - Brooklyn, NY

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#4 posted 03-05-2010 07:53 PM

I think you may be referring to so-called ‘set-up bars’. These are often brass bars in a variety of common sizes, used specifically for setting up tools. You can buy them in sets from any number of woodworking supplies. Check Rockler, Woodcraft, Lee Valley, etc.

-- Dave O.

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#5 posted 03-05-2010 07:53 PM

I think he is using a measuring bar. They come in different sizes. Try this website. These are brass, but I have seen them in steel too.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 03-05-2010 09:07 PM

I have this set,240,41064

Setup Blocks

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#7 posted 03-05-2010 09:47 PM

I picked these up at Woodcraft Or here is the Kreg page

Kreg Jig

-- Lee in Phoenix

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#8 posted 03-05-2010 09:50 PM

The Kreg bars are pretty interesting. How do you find them in practical use?

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#9 posted 03-05-2010 10:16 PM

Broooklyn, I have the same set as WayneC and use them continuously. One of my more favorite tools.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#10 posted 03-05-2010 10:17 PM

Rockler has them for $18.50 for 6.
They are called “precision brass set up bars”

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#11 posted 03-05-2010 10:30 PM

The Kregs are pretty versatile.

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#12 posted 03-05-2010 10:56 PM

I like the Veritas set up blocks also, but you can make you own out of scrap wood with a portable planer and calipers.
click to enlarge

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#13 posted 03-05-2010 11:04 PM

I use metal lathe tool bits.
The come in fractions from 1/8” to 5/8” and are cheap enough to leave parked at each tool.
The one shown is $2.50 and often less on sale.=

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#14 posted 03-06-2010 12:06 AM


I have found them to be very useful. They are my go-to item for setting router bit and dada depth and for checking for accurate cut depth over the length of the cut. I picked them up on sale at Woodcraft a couple months back. I tested them with my calipers and they were dead accurate.

-- Lee in Phoenix

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#15 posted 03-06-2010 01:21 AM

Bob #2: I’m surprised you are using Chinese tools. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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