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Forum topic by thomasfurman posted 01-18-2017 02:58 AM 1146 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2017 02:58 AM

I see Kreg makes a nice looking set of router (and table saw) set up bars ( http://www.rockler.com/kreg-precision-setup-bars )

Seems a bit steep in price for some aluminum….has anyone made their own?


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#1 posted 01-18-2017 03:10 AM

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#2 posted 01-18-2017 03:26 AM

I use the to lee valley, veritas set. It is just a couple dollars less than the kreg set, and comes with a 1×2x3 block.
I have cut wood strips or blocks to do a specific, repetitive set up. But have not saved them, or made a whole set of them.

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#3 posted 01-18-2017 03:36 AM

I use Ace hardware key stock. And shim stock for thin corrections.

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#4 posted 01-18-2017 03:57 AM

I also use Ace Hardware’s key stock. They are cheap and come in a variety of sizes.

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#5 posted 01-18-2017 04:35 AM

I have an old set of brass setup gauges, (brass is too soft to damage the bits), but now primarily use this for most vertical depth and horizontal distance settings.

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#6 posted 01-18-2017 04:54 AM

Digital height gauge is $40 or so and perfect for duplicating setups on both the router and tablesaw. Easy to read for us with old eyes too.

M

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#7 posted 01-18-2017 12:09 PM

I got this digital height gauge for Christmas for setting jointer knives. Turns out to be the bee’s knees for setting router bit heights too.

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#8 posted 01-18-2017 12:24 PM

Yes I did. I bought brass bar stock in the needed sizes and cut some 2” long blocks as well as some that are 12” long. I even had some stock left over that’s about 30” long and find that handy on occasion. I bought the bar stock from Metals Online. I’ve also used key stock and it works well. Also, check hobby shops. They usually have a little metal stock display that has some 1” wide, 1/16” thick (and thinner) stock that is useful.

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