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Review by PPK posted 11-11-2019 05:13 PM 2453 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m posting this review because these simple “tools” are perhaps one of the best $10 I’ve spent in a long time. These bars save a lot of time, and frustration.

Simple brass bars in imperial increments.

Use them for setting up the router, the table saw, mortising machine… anything that needs to be lined up accurately.
Per my calipers, they are exactly the dimensions advertised.

I used to use my rule or tape measure to get things set up, but I often ran into a lot of trial and error doing this. Set up blocks can simply be placed in between the blade and fence, and tightened down. Perfect setup.
Unsure if you’ve chopped enough in a mortise? See if the set up block slides in!

The sizes included are: 1/8”, 3/16”, 1/4”, 3/8”, and 1/2” square

If I need say, 5/16” which is not included in the set, I just stack the 1/8 and the 3/16.

-- Pete




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#1 posted 11-11-2019 06:17 PM

I have the same set, and they are invaluable for shop setup. So much easier than trying to use a combination square.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 11-11-2019 06:25 PM

I’ve used the Whiteside set for years they are great but I’ve recently upgraded to this set that has many sizes between and beyond the whiteside set.

https://www.penntoolco.com/igaging-15-piece-precision-setup-blocks/

https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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#3 posted 11-12-2019 12:27 AM

I totally love my set. I wonder how I ever got along without them.

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#4 posted 11-12-2019 03:52 PM

A quick note that there are two sets of bars from whiteside—the 9800 that are 2” long and the 9810 that are 4” long.

I’ve heard some people save a bit of money by buying shaft keys, so that is another option.

Matt

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#5 posted 11-12-2019 04:36 PM



A quick note that there are two sets of bars from whiteside—the 9800 that are 2” long and the 9810 that are 4” long.

I ve heard some people save a bit of money by buying shaft keys, so that is another option.

Matt

- mdhills

That’s an interesting thought! I wonder how dimensionally accurate shaft keys are. Now when I go home I’m going to have to get out my calipers and check some shaft keys!!

-- Pete

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#6 posted 11-12-2019 05:45 PM

Hey, Whiteside…... please make a metric set!!!!

I went to Harbor Freight and bought metric shaft keys. I went through a couple of sets using a digital calipers and found the closest ones I could. They are not dead-on accurate. Never too big, though. If they were a bit big, I could sand or file them closer to size. Maybe a couple thousands off but good enough for government work.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#7 posted 11-12-2019 07:06 PM

I have the Whiteside 4” set and the I-gage 15 pc set. Both are spot-on!

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#8 posted 11-13-2019 07:25 AM

Have been looking at some set up blocks for a few years, the L.V. one are a bit pricey? May be time to go for it!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 11-13-2019 03:50 PM


A quick note that there are two sets of bars from whiteside—the 9800 that are 2” long and the 9810 that are 4” long.

I ve heard some people save a bit of money by buying shaft keys, so that is another option.

Matt

- mdhills

That s an interesting thought! I wonder how dimensionally accurate shaft keys are. Now when I go home I m going to have to get out my calipers and check some shaft keys!!

- PPK

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#10 posted 11-14-2019 12:49 PM

Jim – how long are those i-gage set up bars? The set I have is made from machine steel and they are only 3” long which is too short.

Never mind – I just saw that they are 3” long. Even though they are short, I think I will add them to the Christmas list. Anyone know of longer versions? Say 6”?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#11 posted 11-14-2019 01:37 PM



Jim – how long are those i-gage set up bars? The set I have is made from machine steel and they are only 3” long which is too short.

Never mind – I just saw that they are 3” long. Even though they are short, I think I will add them to the Christmas list. Anyone know of longer versions? Say 6”?

- EarlS

Not exactly the same but these are what I have and use from time to time.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#12 posted 12-17-2019 05:47 PM

Couldn’t agree more with your review. I have them same set and like many others I now wonder how I managed without them

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#13 posted 12-17-2019 07:05 PM

Hi Earl
Sorry just saw your question the gages are 3” long

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#14 posted 08-18-2021 02:59 PM

As an addition to my arsenal of extremely accurate gages, 1-2-3 blocks are worth their weight in gold. As their name implies, these blocks are precisely machined 1” x 2” x 3”. Saw them on Stumpy video.

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#15 posted 08-18-2021 09:09 PM

I see this is a resurrected post, but why not comment? 8^)

Using setup references is a great way to get accuracy and easy repeatability.

I, being too cheap, have a variety of setup “hardware” that I use regularly.

Foremost is just using a drill bit. If it doesn’t have a turned down or buggered up shank, you have a ready set of almost every imaginable dimension.

I also use a lot of 3/8” and 1/4” material for indexing parts during glue ups and in making quick box joint jigs. The 12” “key stock” from places like MSC is very inexpensive and if you buy the “oversized” it will be exactly 0.375” or 0.250” (key stock is typically a few thou undersized for a slip fit)

An “assortment” box of pulley key stock (HF special) has a variety, but the dimensions can be funky.

An automotive feeler gauge set is invaluable at the table saw. Sometimes when crosscutting with the miter gauge, I need an “exact” length. I’ll set the stop so the cuts are ever so slightly long, take a cut and measure, then slip in the needed feeler gauge between the part and stop when making the final cut.

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