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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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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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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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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.
Yeah, like mine! :grin:

Well, actually mine was an adaptation of someone elses' design. I just improved on it.
 

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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 ;)
Take a straight edge or small square and put it in the table slot. Extend the the depth gauge part of any standard caliper against the saw blade with the base of the caliper against the straight edge and and take a reading. Move the straight edge to the other end of the blade and repeat. Pretty close to the same accuracy and you used the same tool that you use for dozens of other operations. At least I do. I pull my fractional caliper out of it's drawer at least once in any day I'm in the shop and sometimes 1/2 dozen to a dozen times.
 

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I also deleted the add. One of my former students owns a cell phone store and has more money than he can spend. I always give students a list before the course starts for basic necessary fine woodworking tools. I suggest a combination of Lee Valley, Busy Bee (Canadian version of HB ) and local big box or hardware stores. The total dollar value of the list is usually $200 to $250. This guy spent over a grand at Lee Valley and has spent much more since. He buys the biggest baddest stationary tools you can imagine and goes overkill on everything ! He will probably buy this item and every item made by Incra, Festool, Powermatic and who knows what else. He only buys very expensive and rare exotic woods also. I guess it's nice to be able to afford these luxuries.
 

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Chuck,

I like your way of thinking, I use my vernier very often also. Maybe it's because of my steel and machining sales background. I have not yet tried it the way you describe to check blade alignment, but I will try it. I also use it often to measure dadoes and then everything usually fits like a glove !( Not a white one ! LOL )
 

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I just have a few small items that I have purchased over the years. Mainly some clamping squares. I find myself using them because they cost soo much.
Yes the star nobs are great! I also have a few bags of them!
 

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I also deleted the add. One of my former students owns a cell phone store and has more money than he can spend. I always give students a list before the course starts for basic necessary fine woodworking tools. I suggest a combination of Lee Valley, Busy Bee (Canadian version of HB ) and local big box or hardware stores. The total dollar value of the list is usually $200 to $250. This guy spent over a grand at Lee Valley and has spent much more since. He buys the biggest baddest stationary tools you can imagine and goes overkill on everything ! He will probably buy this item and every item made by Incra, Festool, Powermatic and who knows what else. He only buys very expensive and rare exotic woods also. I guess it's nice to be able to afford these luxuries.
Let him know about Bridge City tools they have been having sales on everthing these days. I guarantee he will start drooling.

https://bridgecitytools.com/

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Got multi function gadgets? Then it undoubtedly has electronics, not just a simple switch. Don't worry, Be happy. Put the control in a box in the wall, cut a special opening in a cover to fit the remote, Maybe even pack it with foam cut to shape so it's snug and doesn't fall out. You can use a plastic, metal or even a wood switch cover.
 

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another ''hurt the brain'' from Woodpeckers...

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Looks like a Lee Valley clone. I thought only the Chinese blatantly ripped off other companies designs.
 
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My take on (most of) Woodpecker's tools is that they are an expensive solution in search of a problem. Some of you may remember DAK Industries -- every product they sold was the latest, greatest miraculous solution to a problem you didn't know you had.

Sure, some of those tools look really spiffy. Sure, some of those tools may seem like you can't (or shouldn't) live without them. But every time I see a new woodpecker tool, I think to myself that 1) I have already built it out of scraps a LONG time ago or 2) I likely can find something to fit the bill for 1/10th the price.
 
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