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Blog entry by Paul Pomerleau posted 03-11-2013 08:55 PM 3148 reads 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up a couple of switched magnets.
I thought I would make a little video showing a few examples of the uses of them.
I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for watching.


-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#1 posted 03-11-2013 09:26 PM

Nice video, thanks for the info

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#2 posted 03-11-2013 09:57 PM

Like it! Thanks for posting

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#3 posted 03-11-2013 10:09 PM

I had thought about getting these magnets a while back, but never did after watching your video I think I will get them now very good job on the video and thanks for sharing.

-- Bill, Quitman, Georgia

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#4 posted 03-11-2013 10:20 PM

Great video Paul. I have been thinking about purchasing a couple of these magnets myself, but have been put off by their price.

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#5 posted 03-11-2013 10:34 PM

Thanks for sharing the information Paul. You’ve come up with some very functional uses for them.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 03-12-2013 01:01 AM

Nice video, good information and ideas. Thank you for taking time to share.

-- Nicky

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#7 posted 03-12-2013 12:01 PM

I’m completely in with the MagJig technology. I not only use them on my saw table, but also on the router table.


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#8 posted 03-12-2013 12:43 PM

Paul, thanks for the review. These look very useful and haven’t seen them yet.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 03-12-2013 01:38 PM

thanks for the video and a couple ideas

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#10 posted 03-12-2013 02:12 PM

Thanks for the video.

I noticed that in one place it looked like you needed three hands to hold the board, hold the mag switch and to turn the knob. What about the idea of driving a screw through the screw hole and then cutting off the head. You will still be able to move the magnets, but would not have to hold the magnets body.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#11 posted 03-13-2013 05:47 PM

I thought that the magnets were a little expensive. I have been using magnetic base for micrometers that I got at hf for 11 dollars each, they work just fine.

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#12 posted 03-21-2013 12:52 PM

Great video – your lighting and editing are superb. Awesome that you made the newsletter…

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#13 posted 03-21-2013 12:54 PM

I’ve got a couple of these some time ago and have found them useful on a table saw, but perhaps surprisingly, also on a scroll saw as a fence. The trick to using a fence on a scroll saw is to use a spiral blade so that you can cut even when the fence is slightly off-angle. I use the heaviest spiral blade I could find since the thin ones do tend to bend. In the photo you can see a cut being made

with the table set at a roughly 45 degree angle.

-- Paul, Central Maine

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#14 posted 03-21-2013 03:03 PM

The only thing I would add is that to use them for multiple jigs, I would add either some small dowels or cutoff nails where the screw holes are so you don’t have to hold it while turning it on/off.

Another item that has been on my wish list, now more examples to move it up the list!


Mike “Dodis”

-- Mike "Dodis', TxCity, Texas Gulf Coast

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#15 posted 03-21-2013 03:13 PM

Great Video. Enjoyed your presentation and instructions. Very clear and understandable. I have a featherboard I made years ago using these same magnets and it is easy to set up and use. I like your idea on the router table. I think I will make something similar to hold my dust collector port when sanding projects on top of my table saw.


-- Gene Welch

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