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Forum topic by scvwood27 posted 8 days ago 488 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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scvwood27

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8 days ago

Any thoughts on the Kreg bars? Seem rather pricey but has received good reviews. Any other alternatives out there that may be as efficient and less pricey?


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Bill White

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#1 posted 8 days ago

My trusty 4” try square is my guide. Kinda put the blocks in the “nice-to-have” slot, but not totally necessary class of tooling.
Bill

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#2 posted 8 days ago

I have these and work great for me. The link shows they are now on sale for $15

http://www.rockler.com/precision-brass-setup-bars

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#3 posted 8 days ago

Here is one by Wixey. More versatile and nearly the same price, too.
I also have a set of Keyway bar stock from 1/8” to 3/4” in 1/16” increments. Pretty handy for height measurements and distances from the fence.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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HorizontalMike

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#4 posted 8 days ago

I have these and they work as well as any. Whatever you get, you will wonder why you didn’t get them sooner, IMO.


Whiteside 5 Piece Brass Set-up Gauges, 4in

Item #836311
$19.49
Found at Woodcraft

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#5 posted 8 days ago

123 set up blocks are a great addition as well.

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#6 posted 8 days ago

I like rockler's brass setup bars they include an extra size the whiteside set doesn’t include.

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Gene Howe

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#7 posted 8 days ago

+1


123 set up blocks are a great addition as well.

- waho6o9


-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 8 days ago

I’ve got a set of the Kreg ones and use them all the time. They work great for all kinds of stuff.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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#9 posted 7 days ago

Key stock at the local hdw. store. Inexpensive and many sizes available.

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#10 posted 5 days ago

I have the Kreg set. Came with my router table setup. They are nice, but the Rockler set will work fine…for less. The Kreg set is hard to use on something like my thin rip jig, as the sizing tab is too short to work well.

-- Digger -- If you work long enough and hard enough to make it idiot-proof...the world will build a better idiot!

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#11 posted 5 days ago

Kinda following the key stock idea, I had bought several sizes of brass square stick and made my own set up blocks. I use them all the time for the table saw and the router table. I also use them to confirm the depth of dados/rabbets, just put the block in them and feel to see it’s flush.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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