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What methods, KISS/MISS techniques has everyone worked out to get where they need to be???

For depth/set bak I found this... easy, fast and simple...
cheap too...
http://www.trend-uk.com/en/US/produc...imperial_.html

More for the depth... sweet...
but not cheap...
https://www.kregtool.com/store/c41/r...le-setup-bars/

for absolute centering to fences or guides... this... comps for the dia and cutters all on it's own...
go with SAE and metric guides...
very cheap...
Westcott C-Thru Circle Templates - BLICK art materials

since Bosch routers are 3" CL to base edge virtually religiously this works great to set an edge guide to the cut's CL...
no fuss no muss or compensating...
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for those obscure dado widths I set up a pair of parallel clamp on guides with a sliding spreaders to maintain spacing and an undersized shallow cut bearing guided mortising bit..

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I use the trend also this one
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Stick I guess I should invest in one of those someday

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Being a machinist I use dial indicators, dial calipers, micrometers, adjustable parallels, key stock, etc. to set up my tooling. It is second nature to me. I like repeatability. To some it my seem like overkill. It is just how I was taught. My thanks to all of the great craftsmen that I have worked with.
When I set up my EZ Pro dovetail jig for the first time I used an adjustable parallel to set the bit height, and the fence height. I made the cut. Perfect the first time. Instead of making a test cut and adjusting until I got it right, I got it right, then I cut.
Precision measuring tools do not lie.
Thanks to everyone for all of the helpful posting. I always learn something new.

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Also, I leave my router bits in my routers until I have to change them. I like having more than one router. I keep telling my sons, you can never have too many routers, or clamps!
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also have a dead really really old Bosch set up with a centering pin..
rare use but it sure comes in handy some times...

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I use brass set up bars, and If i get REALLY finickity on the table saw I use the Dial Indicator.....

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Instead of making a test cut and adjusting until I got it right, I got it right, then I cut.
Precision measuring tools do not lie.

Ellery Becnel
I like that statement, Ellery!

I am not a machinist, but I do use my dial caliper much of the time. It's easy, accurate, and just takes out a lot of guess work.

I also use a digital height gauge similar to the Trend. Got a super price on it a while ago, and I like it a lot, especially for odd height's that my brass setup bars won't do!

Also for accuracy and repeatability, I really like my Incra jig

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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Thanks Duane, I do not have a digital depth gauge YET. It is on my list. I reference .000 from table to top of cutter with a dial indicator. I have the original Incra jig. I like it a lot.
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I have all of those tools but they do not get used much any more. I just use a ruler that stands on its own and set the bit height close. Then I use a micrometer to measure depth of cut on a test piece. My router lift gives me the capability to make a final adjustment needed to be dead on.


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