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So seems a few places to get setup block sets at very different prices with Woodpeckers leading the group. I guess my question is why the disparity in prices? I mean not a little but huge differences. Not to say you can't price your product as you want but there should be a major difference other than color. Here's Woodpeckers current One Time deal and here's Lee Valley's Veritas offering. Woodpeckers is made is USA while Veritas appears to be made in Canada and the colors are different. Am I missing something? I mean I have a Woodpeckers router table SuperFence which I really like and was priced really close to what the JessEm fence was and I have one of the Woodpeckers 1812 squares I picked up on sale but some of these "One Time" tools offerings always seem off the deep end price wise. Now I know from a brief stent in a machine shop that CNC setup is somewhat time consuming and the more you make from a single setup the less expensive the part becomes. We made 10's of 1,000s of gear blanks for sawzalls in this little country state of the art machine shop at least once a year and there's tolerances and bit wear that need to be checked periodically, my job then, but WP isn't turning out that many one timers I doubt. I just can't wrap my head around their costs. Maybe the laser etching? Anyone have experience with Veritas setup blocks and have a valid warning of inferior product?
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Steve, I have the Veritas setup gauges and very seldom use them. I have had these Veritas gauges for may 10 years or so. Here is what I use most.

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Don; "California Proposition 65 Notice - WARNING: This product may contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm."
What? They're brass. What could the CaliLoonies be on about???
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Don; "California Proposition 65 Notice - WARNING: This product may contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm."
What? They're brass. What could the CaliLoonies be on about???
The anodizing?
Dan, every time I order from these guys it’s almost triple by the time it’s on my door step . So I’m done with ordering products from them

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Don; "California Proposition 65 Notice - WARNING: This product may contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm."
What? They're brass. What could the CaliLoonies be on about???
Some brass alloys contain lead.............
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I use 2” key stocking which is like the Whieside set. My set cost about $3.00. Got them at a farm supply store. I mike right on the money so I’m happy with them. I don’t buy any thing from Woodpecker because of their excessive pricing.

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Tom; so how do they balance their tires?
Their problem is they've infanticized(sp?) the public, in their bureaucratic view of the World, or at least California. They thought maybe machinists would chew on their setup blocks?
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I guess it depends on how precise you want to be for woodworking. I made these out of some scrap oak, and have used them for several years. They get me very, very close, and I can always make fine adjustments from there. You'll probably make test cuts, even when using the expensive setup blocks, so you can fine tune your setup before final machining. Cost? A little time spent on the table saw.
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Ollie,

Betcha you could cut a set with the CNC that would be second to none. Could even use aluminum as well as hardwood.
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For a set like the Woodpecker, or Lee Valley, I'd have to have some sort of business that would need to use them, all of them, several times a week at least, every week, before I'd even consider buying a set. However, I'm with Oliver, I'd just make my own, either out of a nice hard wood, or aluminum. If you can make it, why buy it?
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