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Forum topic by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 09-21-2010 03:27 AM 1171 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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09-21-2010 03:27 AM

I recently bought a combo-pack of the Micro-Jig splitters (thin & regular kerf). Made several new ZCI’s out of Baltic Birch, primed and painted red. When I installed the thin-kerf splitter last Friday, I did all of the steps specified in Micro-Jig’s excellent instructions. Drilled the holes with the drill held vertically, using the drill bit provided, and with one continuous stroke, as specified.

When I removed the alignment jig and installed the splitter, it is very loose in the holes. I’m actually afraid that it will pull loose if I keep it in place when ripping a board. Don’t know what happened, but I need to figure out some way to save this because I certainly don’t want to trash a new ZCI. The holes are only 5/32” so I’m thinking something applied to the inside of the holes should tighten it up sufficiently for a firm grip – just having trouble figuring out what to use. Don’t want anything that is too slippery and whatever I use can’t be too thick.

ave considered seeing if I can find some type of liquid plastic – block the bottom of the holes with tape, fill the holes with the plastic, wipe the pins on the splitter with wax, and insert in hole until the plastic dries. Though I think I would certainly want to try this on a sample piece first!!!

Anyone have any thoughts/suggestion? The instructions discuss a hole that is too tight but nothing about one that is too loose. I have emailed Micro-Jig but thus far have received no answer.

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".


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ClayandNancy

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#1 posted 09-21-2010 04:21 AM

Can you glue a dowel in the hole and re drill ?

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Radu

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#2 posted 09-21-2010 08:42 PM

I assume the gap is not that big. Here is something to try. Run a piece of fishing line or dental floss or something like that through the holes and insert the splitter. Try to line it up with your blade so it’s not pushing the splitter on the side. Then trim down the excess. I hope it helps.

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#3 posted 09-25-2010 06:19 PM

It appears that my first attempt to correct the loose fit of the Micro-Jig Splitter worked. I taped the bottom of the holes and wet the inner surfaces of the holes with a very small paint brush, then placed the splitter back in the holes. The wood swelled enough to tighten the splitter in the holes. I don’t know if this is permanent but it has been several days now and all looks well.

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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MattinCincy

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#4 posted 09-27-2010 02:34 AM

Jim,
you might want to try wicking a drop or two of thin cyanoacrylate (super glue) into each hole. that should soak into the grain and help stabilize the holes now that you’ve swelled them up with water. Make sure you give them a few minutes to dry before you put the splitter back in, though, or you might glue your splitter in place!

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#5 posted 09-27-2010 02:50 AM

Nice idea, Matt. Right now the splitter is nice and tight so I’ll probably just leave it alone. But if I have to do it again, I’ll definitely try your idea.

I didn’t mention in my previous post that I contacted Micro-Jig about the problem. They really didn’t know why it happened but thought it might have been a slightly oversized drill bit or slightly undersized pins on the splitter. But they sent me a replacement kit anyway. To me that is great customer service and something I’ll remember if I have something else to order that they produce. I generally intend to mention here in the forums when I have either exceptionally good or bad customer service so that others will know about it. This was a case of exceptionally good service.

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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