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Forum topic by jklingel posted 11-17-2017 08:38 PM 506 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jklingel

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11-17-2017 08:38 PM

Searched, couldn’t find anything, so… Woodpeckers X-mat looks really cool, but I wonder if it is a gee-whiz thing, or something actually useful. Anyone have any? PS: After posting and reading about “which plane…?” I just ordered a Veritas low-angle block plane. I am sure I will find many uses for it. john


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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 11-17-2017 08:57 PM

Any product like that would need to have low profile clamps to earn my money. I would want the clamps to be thinner than 3/4” for hand planing and sanding. Plus Woodpeckers stuff is $$$ for what you get.

You will love the low angle block plane!

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jklingel

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#2 posted 11-18-2017 06:16 AM

Good points. Yes, I have run into several little places where it would have been real nice to have a small plane, so the think this will be a good purchase.

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Dan Wolfgang

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#3 posted 11-19-2017 03:05 AM

I have the X-Mat Deluxe Kit 2 and have found it useful several times. I bought the Deluxe Kit 2 specifically because it comes with 8 of their box clamps. 8 of their box clamps would cost about $275… but the Deluxe kit 2 is less than $150, so quite a steal! The clamps have proven very useful! The mat itself I’ve used with the fingers for applying finish. I find it quite helpful to have the fingers in the mat, where they can’t move or slide at all. The L-supports have been useful as an extra set of hands to hold things together or upright while trying to visualize assembly or do some other layout or measuring. I think it’s worth reiterating that Woodpeckers calls this an assembly system—it’s helpful at putting things together and finishing but totally wrong for securing items to really work on.

I’m really not making use of the system as I think Woodpeckers intends. It’s all stored in the original box and I pull things out as I need them. I’ve never opened the secure strips for fastening to a workbench or table. But I’ve found the components useful on several occasions.

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#4 posted 11-19-2017 06:13 AM

Thanks, Dan. It DOES look like there are several little parts in there that may be helpful. I work alone all the time, so extra hands are nice. So, why is it useless for working on stuff? Too flimsy? Would you use it for glue-ups? Thanks. john

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Dan Wolfgang

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#5 posted 11-20-2017 02:02 AM

I would use it for glue-ups, yes. I say it’s useless for working on stuff because it’s not going to securely hold a piece for planing, for example, nor does it provide a way to clamp something with the kind of pressure to securely hold it for use with a router.

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#6 posted 11-20-2017 06:59 AM

Thanks for the clarification. It looks like it could be as useful as many tools; not much, till you need it. j

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