Woodworking Tool News – 3in1 Setup Bars
Kreg Precision Router Table Setup Bars
By Brad Holden
Accurate tool setup is half the battle of doing
good work. Kreg’s Precision Router Table Setup
Bars make the battle a little easier. This kit includes
seven bars in 1/16" increments from 1/8" to 1/2".
They’re accurately milled—I checked the end tabs
with a micrometer, and they were within .001".
These bars are made from aluminum, so they’re
not affected by moisture or changes in humidity. And
as aluminum is soft, they won’t damage router bits.
Although they’re called Router Table Setup
Bars, you’ll find uses well beyond the router table.
The folks at Kreg obviously put some thought into
these guys, because you can use them to measure
height (top photo), depth (bottom right photo),
and width (bottom left photo). You gotta love a tool
that’s not a one-trick pony.
I do, however, have a short wish list that would
make these bars even more useful.
First, I wish the corners were square—particularly
on the depth gauge tabs. Notice in the bottom right
photo that the bar has to be angled for the tab to fully drop
into the dado, which is 3/4" wide—a common width. The
angled tab makes the depth harder to gauge. But if the bar
was positioned straight across, the tab’s radiused corners
would cause an inaccurate reading.
Second, I wish the bars were dead flat, so you could
stack them to measure in perfect 1/4" increments. That’s
not possible with these bars—when they’re stacked, light
shows between them.
Kreg, kregtool.com, 800-447-8638, Precision Router Table Setup
Bars, #PRS3400, $45.