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Hold Downs

Postby LaurieBergren » Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:21 pm

Hello, everyone... former lurker - and newbie - here. :D

When I first started using my JM (I have the SW), I had a hard time figuring out how to secure my workpiece to the table so the blade couldn't push it up on the return stroke. Recently I tried Rockler's Deluxe Hold Down Clamp. It turned out to be a solution that works well for me, so I thought I would share:

JM-SW with straight and 90 degree fences:
(exuberant thanks to Rutager for making these for me)

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Work secured horizontally with Rockler hold down clamp:
(and ALSO... just because it happened to show up in today's mail...
... a Woodpecker's T-block. Handy little thing. Glad I got 6 of 'em.)

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Securing work for vertical half lap cut:
(Sorry, I'd already cut it, so we'll have to pretend...)

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Moving work to blade by adjusting position of 90 degree fence:

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Gratuitous shot of handy shop-made JM "Dust Collector" doing yeoman's work:
(by keeping dust off all the "stuff" on a shelf resting on the stretchers of the stand)

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Setting fence for miter cut:
(this stop block makes a handy little, um... stop for THIS purpose, too)

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Stop block against end of stock for first 45 degree cut, with Rockler clamp
secured through slot in table to hold the work down:

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Awwww. So cute! It just cut its first piece of oak!
(hey, what can I say? I warned you I was a newbie... :) )

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Slightly loosen the hold down clamp to easily swing it out of the way:

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Stop block repositioned for repeatable length cuts
with clamp swung back in place and tightened against work:

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