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Got an ad for a new Woodpecker tool, a mere $360 for an exact width dado jig. If you make it yourself, you'll spend about 1/10 that if you buy the most expensive possible hardware. And this jig has very little of their intense, Ferrari red fininsh.
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saw that..
1st impression was ''YOU CAN BE SERIOUS''!!!!

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I think Stick's comment was being kind. Not going to put my comments in print.
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Only thing by Woodpeckers I own are a pack of star knobs. Just so I can say that I have something of theirs. Not even sure about their squares, for $80-$120 I’d be afraid to use ‘em.


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I got the ad too,but I deleted it before I looked at it. I love their stuff just can't afford much. I too have a bag of their red knobs, I like them because you can buy your own bolts and nuts to the length you want and snap them into the knobs. Also have one of those 6" rulers with the slide on it that can be locked in place. Very handy item, they had on sale once so I ordered it. I can only drool at their high priced items.
And everyone is right, you can build your own xact width dado jig.
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They have a saw gauge on sale, for $70. I’ll be damned if I order it, when making your own is ~$30 (with a good quality dial).


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There is lots of stuff like that that is nice but usually at quite a price and you can make one yourself for a fraction of the cost. I needed to make a mortising jig to rout into the ends of some 2 x 4s. The jig took maybe 10 minutes to make and if I have 10 cents into it I would have to count wear and tear on my saw blade and the power to run the saw.
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I have one Woodpecker item that I wouldn't trade, that's their table saw setup gauge. Pix. I used it to set up my Laguna TS, and occasionally to check fence alignment. It wasn't cheap, and I don't use it much, and you could make something to do the same thing, but the precision is terrific and it is so easy to use that I do use it. I also have their aluminum router plate, which is thicker than average and has a great twist lock system for its inserts. Both items were about $100 each. Of course, I was making better money in those days.
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I saw it also. My first impression was that Woodpecker looks around to see what woodworking jigs they can copy and manufacture out of aluminum, and then charge an exorbitant price for their "New" innovation.

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I have one Woodpecker item that I wouldn't trade, that's their table saw setup gauge. Pix. I used it to set up my Laguna TS, and occasionally to check fence alignment. It wasn't cheap, and I don't use it much, and you could make something to do the same thing, but the precision is terrific and it is so easy to use that I do use it. I also have their aluminum router plate, which is thicker than average and has a great twist lock system for its inserts. Both items were about $100 each. Of course, I was making better money in those days.
Bought the same one Tom and found it invaluable when I bought my new tablesaw .
It may have been you that brought it up when I was searching for measuring devices
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