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The "I'm Not Worthy" Project Log #8: I Said Hold Down for a Jig.... Not a Jig at a Hoe Down!!!

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With the CC Sled (nearly) completed, in the last blog entry, it was time to put it to use.
However, it was not safe for human (or my) use….
There wasn’t a “Blade Guard Box”, nor did I have any hold downs.
This left fingers in serious peril!!!
ALL of that changed today….

I was able to attach the “Blade Guard Box”, for where the blade exits the sled.
I feel sooooo much safer now!!! ;^)

But that isn’t the reason for this posting….
I was also able to fabricate some hold downs for the sled.
This really does complete the sled.
Unless I decide to add some more attachments….
Like guides for miter cuts!!!

The design, for the hold downs, was stolen from many a LJ.
So due thanks are given!!!
I’ve seen many of these posted here….
These are just my version of someone else’s design!

OK, the REAL reason for this post….

I FINALLY put my DW788 Scroll Saw to use!!!

Before scrolling, I did use the Drill Press for the hole.
C’MON!!!! This was the first time I ever even used a scroll saw!!!
I only used it to “rough out” the shape….
Then used my Ridgid OSS for smoothing to final shape.

Dowels were drilled for T-bolts….
Then cut to length….
Then drilled the hold down for T-bolts.
Those holes were elongated to allow the dowel to pivot.

As you can see, I used more of the engineered bamboo flooring….
Gotta love the scrap bin!!!

Two of the four hold downs have longer T-bolts….
allowing clamping of thicker stock.

Oh, I almost forgot….
The “Blade Guard Box”

Although these did get fabricated in the Lair….
I don’t consider these a project….
Like the title says….
“I’m Not Worthy”!!!

So….
Thanks for lookin’ in and readin’!!!

What did all y’all accomplish in the woodshop today???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?



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JL7

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#1 posted 145 days ago

Well done man…...plenty worthy of a project IMHO…..anything that keeps your fingers any from the blade is a good thing. Good you got to use the 788….you have a great grasp on style and form, as you know..

Really good to see you building cool stuff in the shop…........and this is cool….

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 145 days ago

Thank you, Jeff.

Although a worthy “build”....
I’m keeping the “Project Gallery” for my (future) woodworking masterpieces!!!

Yup, keeping the digits is high on my priority list!!!
The only problem with the DW788….
Now I need to learn to really use it!!!

Coming from the “Design Master”....
Your compliments mean a lot!!!

I’m cleaning up the shop tomorrow….
Then it’s onto all the clock projects, that are in the queue….
So, it still remains to be seen….
if my masterpieces truly are worthy!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 145 days ago

Wow! Those holddowns are pretty custom looking! Mine work just like yours but are just pieces of bent aluminum 1/2” thick. You are getting pretty fancy!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Mainiac Matt

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#4 posted 145 days ago

Nice job Randy.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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patron

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#5 posted 145 days ago

glad you are thinking safety son
real nice work there

i know you are sneaking up on that ‘first project’
but don’t start running now
you might get halfway thru a clock
and realize it is time to take another nap
that could set it of into the future again
when you find it under the saw dust in a month or two

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 145 days ago

Very nice work on that sled, Randy. The hold downs and guard box are great additions. That bamboo is great for a bed. Nice and flat and pretty slick, too.

David, halfway?????

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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eddie

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#7 posted 145 days ago

Randy a very worthy sled and clamps , you keep this up and ill pass you up as the great procrastinator ,great job my friend

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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DIYaholic

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#8 posted 144 days ago

Andy,
I thought about using aluminum….
But that would have cost money!!!
“Fancy” is just a serendipitous result of good lookin’ scraps!!!

Matt,
I appreciate the kind words.

Dad,
Great of you to stop in.
Have no fear, as all my incomplete projects….
Are well protected from dust!!!

Gene,
The bamboo was part of a ReStore find.
A TS sled was the first thing I thought of, when I saw it!!!

Eddie,
I refuse to relinquish my procrastination crown!!!

I really do appreciate all the compliments.
I just hope my real projects can live up to them!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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oldnovice

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#9 posted 144 days ago

I really like these and I ma going to copy these!
They are a lot better than mine

Randy, do you have any dimensions for your model?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Dave

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#10 posted 144 days ago

You are now the jig master extraordinaire.
Well done and dude you have talent.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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DIYaholic

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#11 posted 144 days ago

oldnovice,

I was inspired by your hold downs, but I didn’t want to deal with removing the rabbet from the dowel.
I may employ the “plasti-dip” if needed.

As they say….
Flattery will get you everywhere!!!!

I used what I had on hand….
I glued together two plys of bamboo flooring, hence the 1-3/16” dimensions.
I oversized the hole for the 1/4” T-Bolt, to allow for easy assembly & use.
The 1/2” hole for the dowel was NOT oversized, but a slip fit.

I just used a 45° (135°) angle for the design. I created the curve, not for looks, but for strength. Curves prevent cracks and it also added some “meat” under the dowel!!!

With a 3-1/2” T-Bolt, I was able to easily clamped down a 1-7/8” thick board.
With a 3” T-Bolt, I easily clamped down a 1-1/2” thick board.
I may make some that are 6” overall (current design is 4”), for really tall clamping needs.

Thanks for the inspiration and the compliments!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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clieb91

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#12 posted 144 days ago

Randy, These look great and since yoru last post just included measurements. It is going into my favorites. These look better than the metal ones I have bought in the past and since I was planning to buy more for my drill press table.

Thanks for sharing such a good project.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 144 days ago

Randy, My aluminum is free 3/4×1/2 stock my horseshoer throws away when he makes horseshoes!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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DIYaholic

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#14 posted 144 days ago

Dave,
Mighty high praise, coming from you. Thank you!!!

I do like getting “Jiggy”!!!
I have been called a “master…” before….
However, there were more letters on the end of it!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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DIYaholic

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#15 posted 144 days ago

Chris,
Thank you.
I just love being somebodies favorite….
I know I sure wasn’t my fathers favorite!!! ;^)

The measurements are really arbitrary….
The scraps of bamboo were only so wide x so long….
I just fit the design to the board!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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