Woodpeckers One Time Tool: Dado Setup Fixture and Gap Gauge

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Forum topic by trevor7428 posted 03-22-2017 05:15 PM 1989 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2017 05:15 PM

So what do you guys think of this new One Time Tool

I’m always adding/ removing shims multiple times whenever I cut dados. So this seems really helpful, but like all the One Time Tools, Expensive!

I understand it is built to last for life, maybe even the next.

I’ve never purchased a Woodpeckers One Time Tool before, don’t know how I feel about buy now and receive in a couple months.

What do you guys think? Will you be buying it.

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#1 posted 03-22-2017 05:44 PM

The gap gauge looks like it could be useful. It’s basically a caliper with big jaws, which could be handy for setting a dado stack and many other things.

The Dado setup fixture looks kinda silly unless I’m missing something. I don’t see that it does anything you couldn’t do with a 5/8 bolt, nut and a couple of fender washers. Sure, not as pretty, but a heckuva lot cheaper.

Will I be buying either? Nope. Like a lot of WP tools, they look nice and well made but it’s just overkill for me as a hobbyist and more than I can justify spending on such a tool.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 03-22-2017 06:30 PM

For dados to fit plywood I find it’s pretty easy to lay a scrap on my TS and stack up the cutters and shims next to it until flush. it’s a nice tool, but seems like a complicated way to do something very simple.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#3 posted 03-22-2017 07:17 PM

When I see all these new tools that hit the market I’m reminded what a old fishing buddy told me years ago. There are lures that catch fish and lures that catch fishermen. I cast a wary eye to every new fangled tool that comes down the road. My tool wall is sort of like my tackle box, running out of room for everything folks want to sell me.

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#4 posted 03-22-2017 08:50 PM

If you look at their website, the “one time tools” cycle around about every 2 years. Good products, good marketing ideas also.

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#5 posted 03-22-2017 09:27 PM

If you look at their website, the “one time tools” cycle around about every 2 years. Good products, good marketing ideas also.

- Bumpy

I agree, Bumpy. The one-time concept is brilliant because it makes people feel compelled to order since they can’t just stick it in their wishlist and wait. Then from a cost perspective, there’s no inventory taking up space, and labor to manage it. Many of their designs are very innovative, but some are kind of a stretch.

The dowel-making jig that was somewhere in the hundreds of dollars comes to mind. Also, their doweling one-time jig was I think like $600 and, while it’s beautiful looking and finely engineered, it can’t do as much as my JessEm.

I have a couple of Woodpeckers tools. I got their 641 square on sale pretty cheap and like it a lot. The little mini scraper is handy for getting into corners. Also that knuckle clamp is a great product if you’re a t-track enthusiast. The way it’s designed to hold itself up makes it easy when you have to move the work and re-clamp it frequently.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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