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Offline cpw

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Low Profile Clamping Elements
« on: January 29, 2017, 03:29 PM »
It would be nice if there were alternative heads for the clamping elements that would have a thinner point of contact, like the low profile fence that came with the MFT-SYS-FX set, so you could secure thinner work pieces with them.

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Offline neilc

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Re: Low Profile Clamping Elements
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2017, 03:31 PM »
I drop a 3/8" piece of scrap between the piece and the clamping element when I need clearance for sanding or other work.  You might try that until an alternative comes to market -

Offline ear3

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Re: Low Profile Clamping Elements
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2017, 05:13 PM »
The Veritas Bench blades don't have a lot of jaw travel, but properly shimmed out they can be useful when sanding thinner material when coupled with something like the low profile fence:

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Re: Low Profile Clamping Elements
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2017, 11:24 PM »
The Festool fence and the clamping elements are both way to thick.  You should at least be able to work with 12 mm Baltic Birch.  I think 9mm would be doable with ease.

And the screw clamps don't have enough reach.  If they were designed properly and thoughtfully, you should be able to reach a work piece that cover ups or partially covers up the next row of holes.

It's time to do a little design work and provide some basic functionality to match the high price of these components.