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Offline Richard/RMW

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Edge routing clamping fixture
« on: September 22, 2013, 11:24 PM »
I needed a jig/fixture to clamp stock that left the top totally clear and to let me route the edge without any obstructions, & I wanted the edge of the stock needed to overhang the fixture. After fiddling around a bit I came up with a simple jig using a piece of 80/20 (what else?) and a couple 1.5" squares of 1/4" plate. The key to the whole thing is that everything is below the top of the stock so nothing obstructs the router.





The 2 small squares of AL attach the the 80/20 with tee nuts/cap screws. At the right end there is a block of AL that is threaded and a handle to put pressure on the AL square. Both squares are beveled to give them a little bite into the end of the stock. The left square is adjusted by sliding it to fit the stock length.



The right square is left slightly loose on the 80/20, the handle is tightened to press it against the stock, and then the cap screw is snugged down to lock it in place.





Shown here I can route the edge of narrow stock with a slot cutter & nothing gets in the way. It takes less than a minute to swap out pieces of stock.





More fun with 80/20...  [big grin]

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Re: Edge routing clamping fixture
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2013, 05:39 AM »
Nice idea.

I've several of the clamp guides sold by Axminster here in the UK (http://www.axminster.co.uk/progrip-progrip-back-to-back-clamping-adaptors-prod802860/) which can be used back to back.  They are also sold by Peachtree in the USA (http://www.ptreeusa.com/edge_clamps.htm).

Given I already have the clamps the back-to-back adapters seem an inexpensive way to achieve the same result.

Thanks for the idea.

Andrew
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Re: Edge routing clamping fixture
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2013, 09:05 AM »
Andrew,

Seeing the Peachtree stuff was kind of a "duh" moment for me, I used to have one of the those clamps and totally forgot that they were available. Back when I had it (no idea where it got to...) I never had a use for it so it just hung on the wall.

Thanks for pointing them out.

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Re: Edge routing clamping fixture
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2013, 09:20 AM »
Love seeing your jigs, Richard.  Very ingenious.  Thanks for posting this type of thing.  I think your design has used for jigsaws too.

Scot

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Re: Edge routing clamping fixture
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2013, 12:38 PM »
 I gotta get more 8020  [doh]
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Re: Edge routing clamping fixture
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2013, 12:56 PM »
I gotta get more 8020  [doh]

Yup - it's like an erector set for old guys, fun stuff, and you can never have too much.

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