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TNWoodwright

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857 days ago

Lots of info lately on workbenches and vises et-al But I have a bunch of jewelry boxes to build and other small boxes down to 1-1/2 inch. I need some ideas to hold this stuff while running grooves for bottoms and drawer runner sides. Also for molding edges. I try to use a larger piece to cut up later but would still be interested in what others do. A lot different than making a big cabinet :)

Thanks

-- If you have a garden, a shop and a library, you have everything you need with apologies to Marcus Tullius Cicero


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William

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#1 posted 857 days ago

Anything too small for me to hold safely, I use wooden clamps.

These kind.

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NBeener

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#2 posted 857 days ago

Me, too.

Somebody makes/sells a small parts routing jig, or gizmo, but … handscrew clamps are really workable.

-- -- Neil

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William

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#3 posted 857 days ago

I had a small parts thingy from Kreg once Beener.
After having too many small parts fly though, I threw it in the trash and went back to my wooden clamps.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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TNWoodwright

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#4 posted 857 days ago

How do work a plane with those. I have them but were talkin layin 1/2 in stuff flat and puttin a dado in it for bottom or on the side for a runner. And what if you want to mold n edge. Something like a shooting board :)

-- If you have a garden, a shop and a library, you have everything you need with apologies to Marcus Tullius Cicero

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William

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#5 posted 857 days ago

I’m sorry. I thought you meant like to work on a router table. I use mostly power tools.
If I’m running small stock through my power planer, I use two sided tape to attach it to a larger board and take tiny passes.
Molding, edging, dados, and such, I hold it with the clamps like I showed above and use my table saw or router on the router table. If it’s too large for my largest clamp, then I feel it’s large enough I can safely handle it with push sticks or my hands.

I am not much help though if you’re talking about holding it for hand tool work. I imagine you could build a small vise though.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Viking

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#6 posted 857 days ago

Agree with William and Neil above. Clamps work very well and most of the small parts holders are just pricey derivative of simple hand screw.

Perhaps instead a planing, how about a belt sander, still holding parts with a clamp, etc. ??

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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SteveMI

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#7 posted 857 days ago

I try to cut everything while the wood is in it largest form. Sometimes it seems dumb, but it makes a safer process. Such as cutting the rabbet or dado for the box bottom and lid before cutting the board to the lengths of the sides. Since I do 45 degree corners, I can round all the edges while the board is full length also. Some designs you can’t do that.

Like William said, double sided turners tape can attach the smaller parts to a larger one for cutting. Bit of a pain to separate parts sometimes though.

Steve.

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TNWoodwright

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#8 posted 857 days ago

I understand where you guys are coming from but I’m talking 17th and 18th century stuff here :) Trying to figure out how they did it back then. :) Gotta be a way to hold small work without all these here modern conveniences :)

-- If you have a garden, a shop and a library, you have everything you need with apologies to Marcus Tullius Cicero

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woodtools

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#9 posted 857 days ago

In the early days they used a holdfast. Usually custom made by the local blacksmith. Very functional and, by their name, holdfast…....
Hope this helps :-)

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