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Forum topic by scvwood27 posted 07-16-2014 11:37 PM 895 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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scvwood27

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07-16-2014 11:37 PM

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 07-17-2014 12:01 AM

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 07-17-2014 12:23 AM

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

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 07-17-2014 12:33 AM

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 07-17-2014 02:07 AM

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

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 07-17-2014 02:13 AM

123 set up blocks are a great addition as well.

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NiteWalker

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#6 posted 07-17-2014 05:01 AM

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

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Gene Howe

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#7 posted 07-17-2014 12:06 PM

+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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mramseyISU

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#8 posted 07-17-2014 12:08 PM

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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ksSlim

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#9 posted 07-17-2014 10:27 PM

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

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#10 posted 07-20-2014 01:39 AM

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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Fred Hargis

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#11 posted 07-20-2014 12:29 PM

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.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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HorizontalMike

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#12 posted 07-25-2014 09:33 PM

Yeah Fred, nothing “rocket science” about this. Buying a set with MORE or LESS sizes is irrelevant. It is all about what you actually use and use frequently. I like my WS set because of the 4in longer length, much like an independent stock-cut set would be. If it works, use it, IMO.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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NiteWalker

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#13 posted 07-26-2014 04:02 AM

I might have looked into the key stock had I not caught the rockler set for the price I did ($12 shipped).
They’ve more than paid for themselves.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Redoak49

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#14 posted 07-26-2014 10:26 PM

I really like the Wixey digital for setting the height of the router bit. It is easy to read and is very repeatable.

The setup bars work well but as I am older and with a bad back, bending over to look closely is not a good thing for me.

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paxorion

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#15 posted 08-19-2014 09:24 PM

Late comment on my part, I finally had a chance to use mine to setup a table saw to cut the grooves in drawer box stock. It worked like charm. The depth and fence gauges are awesome.

-- paxorion

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