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Forum topic by phlyers posted 08-30-2013 01:28 AM 7430 views 4 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-30-2013 01:28 AM

I needed two of these for my upcoming taper jig and found some 1” wide by 1/4” aluminum laying around so I made my own. I cut them to about 5 1/2” inches long, put them in my jawhorse and gave them a few whacks with a rubber mallet and drilled a 9/32” hole in the center of the bend (just enough slop to let a 1/4” bolt for the track to move up and down). The bend I have in them is JUST enough that the aluminum can flex just a hair to really secure the work BUT not damaging it. Then I rounded the edges of each end and used Plasti-Dip to give it the cushion it needs to protect the work piece. Each end was dipped 3 times (30 mins inbetween) It ends up being pretty soft so I have high hopes that it will be fine to use on soft wood like pine. I could have bought these but I always prefer to make things that are simple.

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#1 posted 08-30-2013 02:23 AM

Beautiful job! And, super useful. You’ve really done a professional job there. I’ll have to be on the lookout for some aluminum stock.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 08-30-2013 02:40 AM

Well done. They look store bought. Makes me think I can make those too.

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#3 posted 08-30-2013 02:52 AM

I’m thinkin’ that these will go on my to do list, right behind….
DP table…
TS Sled…
Clamp Rack…
The list goes on and on and on, but these will DEFINATELY be added to it!!!

Great job & thanks for sharing!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 08-30-2013 02:55 AM

Thanks Hand Tooler and Robert. These things literally only took me like 10 mins to make from start to finish. The dipping on the other hand was done throughout my work day. You really need at least 30 mins between dips. As I mentioned I dipped 3 times and also wanted to mention that tonight I actually tested it on a piece of pine and REALLY cranked down on it and it did not leave a single mark.

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#5 posted 08-30-2013 03:32 AM

Good idea!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#6 posted 08-30-2013 03:43 AM

Awesome DIY ingenuity, thanks for sharing this.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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