|Review by David Craig||posted 01-14-2010 02:58 PM||7110 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
Many of the items I work with in my shop require the shaping and cutting of small parts. These might be small boards for boxes or parts for toys. I have always found it a little nerve racking when I needed to cut a rabbet or shape small pieces, as I do not like my fingers so close to a blade. I have used clamps to perform the job but never felt like I had much control when working the pieces. Last year, I found this item on the PriceCutters website (now merged with Eagle America) and found this a major help in this area.
The Finger Saver is a jig that allows you to grip small wood pieces firmly while keeping your hands far away from any moving bits. The vise grips are made of plastic and are not ridged, so it doesn’t mar the work piece. There are two knobs that control the vises to give a tight grip. One is a brass knob on the top that you lift for quick adjustments, the silver one on the side is used for fine adjustments. I have used this device with the bandsaw, tablesaw, and the router. It has a miter gauge that allows any angle up to 45 degrees.
I have read some reviews where people have complained that the grip is not solid. The reason this happens is because the brass knob will lift when fine tuning with the silver knob and this causes the jig to re-loosen. I have learned that this can be avoided by putting finger pressure on the brass knob while making the fine tune adjustment. I have never had the board slip from the grips when performing this process.
The unit sells for about 20 dollars and can be purchased here. Occasionally, I have seen it on sale for half price and it was on sale at the time I purchased my unit. Either way, if you work with small parts, this might be the best 20 bucks you ever spent.
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.