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Offline DBurner

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CMS - clamping to the sliding table or miter gauge...?
« on: September 27, 2014, 04:39 AM »
Is there a good way to clamp material to the CMS sliding table or miter gauge? Is there a straightforward way to attach a hold down clamp or something similar? I was working with my CMS earlier today and realized that what I was doing would have been significantly easier if I'd had a way to do such clamping, but nothing I had on hand was quite right to accomplish the task.

Is there a good solution?

Many thanks,
Darcy

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Offline Nigel

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Re: CMS - clamping to the sliding table or miter gauge...?
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2014, 06:08 AM »
  I drilled mine to attache hold down clamps to the sliding table - you can see them here :

Offline Wenyce

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Re: CMS - clamping to the sliding table or miter gauge...?
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2014, 09:02 AM »
Did your have the sliding table that high off the work table on purpose, it could just be the angle of the camera but it looks like a decent gap between workpiece and work table. Or I could just be seeing this.

Offline Nigel

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Re: CMS - clamping to the sliding table or miter gauge...?
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2014, 03:02 AM »
   Can't remember as it's a fair while ago but probably just set it for easy sliding.Don't use it any more for tenons....

Offline jobsworth

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Re: CMS - clamping to the sliding table or miter gauge...?
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2014, 01:52 PM »
heres my set up for raising large panels







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Offline TinyShop

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Re: CMS - clamping to the sliding table or miter gauge...?
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2017, 04:40 AM »
Hi All - I thought I'd resurrect this thread to see if the passage of time has produced any easily replicable methods for temporarily attaching/fitting some sort of a stable hold-down clamp (cam, eccentric or some other variety) to an SMS (or CS) sliding table. The thought process here is to mimic a common feature found on sliding tables of larger format saws/multi-function machines, a feature that provide a saw's user the additional safety and comfort of a mechanical means of holding a work-piece fast to the table.

The video above shows a good example of when this feature comes in handy but working with sheet goods or any other unwieldy material/work-piece are two others - basically life is easier in those moments when a clamp is available.

On larger machines, a hold-down clamp is commonly designed to slide into an extrusion or thread into a hole. However, since neither of the Festool sliding tables feature any allowances like these, a DIY solution is needed.

The ideal solution for me would be those methods that facilitate quick and easy installation but that also provide a stable platform and a clamping mechanism that is quick and easy to engage and disengage when in use. It would also be nice if the clamp used was compatible with the stock miter fence or a fence consisting of an extrusion cannibalized from another Festool tool like the MFT/3, for instance). In other words, my ideal would be a clamp that can reach up and over any of the commonly used fences or one that has a base that slots into a given fence's t-slot(s). In contrast, the method shown in the aforementioned video appears to make use of a technique only possible by using a homemade cross-cut fence.

For inspiration, feel free to perform a search-engine image search using the terms "sliding table eccentric hold-down clamp" and "sliding table cam hold-down clamp" or the like.

Oh, and since I'm a short time lurker and first time poster, let me extend my appreciation to all those that have made this forum the amazing resource that it is. Thank you!

Offline msnelling

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Re: CMS - clamping to the sliding table or miter gauge...?
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2017, 07:17 AM »
Hi I am in the process of adapting my sliding table (top pic) to integrate an INCRA miter gauge and the Miter Express sled with T slots for hold down clamps … have posted under ‘CMS VL sliding table hack’