The Veritas layout block looks deceptively simple, but this “pocket sized” gauge packs 5 different measurements into a block less than 1 cubic inch.
The block is an L-shaped aluminum extrusion with built in measurements of 1/8″, 1/4″, 1/2″, 3/4″, and 1″, making it pretty handy for checking dimensions or setting up machines. Additionally, the longest side has a scale marked in 1/32″ increments.
The block also has a hole drilled into one side for attaching a lanyard or a keychain so you’ll always have it handy.
You can buy one layout block for $7.50, or three blocks for $17.50.
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The Veritas Layout Block is made in Canada.
Take a closer look at the layout blocks. They have indented lines on the surface, which divide the gauge into 1/8″ blocks. This makes it easy to figure out which measurement you are looking at. For instance, one of the legs only has one “block” so it is 1/8″ thick. The opposing leg has 2 blocks, so it is 1/4″ thick.
The shortest leg is 4 blocks tall, or 4/8″, more commonly referred 1/2″. The longest leg is 6 blocks or 6/8″ (3/4″). Finally, you can tell by the scale printed that the longest side is 1″.
I’m a big fan of brass setup blocks and 123 blocks, as I find it much easier to gauge height and distance on a router table or table saw with a fixed reference than a rule or scale, which is why this little Veritas block with 5 measurements has me particularly excited. It is definitely going on my list for the next time Lee Valley has a free shipping deal.