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Work Holding 2
New Box Rail
I have made up a box jig in the style of WoodRat's new version. I don't know what their measurements are but I have drawn up the sizes I used here. All sizes are in millimetres. I used up flat scraps of 12mm thick plywood for mine but you could use MDF. This box must be made accurately with the top and bottom edges in alignment and all things square so that your work can be held properly. The sizes are not critical but you cannot make the sides less than 80mm deep or the front will not clear the camlocks.
Ensure you countersink the fixing screws to avoid scratching the held work piece.
When assembled it will look roughly like WoodRat's commercially available version shown here part number 03-008 and currently priced at £29.74
If you wish to download a fully viewable Sketchup model of this jig that you can rotate and view from all angles then you first need to visit this site to download and run a viewer. The size is approx 4mb. When you have the viewer you can email me here and I will return either of two Sketchup 5 models, each about 120kb in size.
Or, download them as PkZip files here and here. One without and one with measurements. I have drawn the example models with 18mm thick ply. The dimensions are for example only and may not be perfect. Please check before using.
Many thanks to Dave R. for his expert input on the use of Sketchup.
Here is a simple mortise rail. The measurements are not critical. I made mine from 12mm plywood but MDF would be OK. The sizes of the fixing posts on the rear depend on the fences that you are using and must be deep enough to give some clearance to get at the cam-locks. Mine are made from pine but must of course be the same size. Place and hold them in the cam-locks at equal heights before screwing on the front plate. A sketchup drawing is available here
From the Benchmark site
Phil Bumbalough from Benchmark has kindly given me permission to reproduce his design here. I have enclosed it as an example of what can be achieved with a bit of forethought. Please visit the Benchmark site for a full step by step description. He has made extensive use of T-Track which appears to be very useful stuff.
This is where I vent fire and brimstone!
In the USA this track is extremely cheap (about $6 a length) but is very difficult to source in the UK. I have only found one supplier so far and they are extortionately expensive.
So Woodrat or any supplier please stock at a reasonable price and you have a wide open market.
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