just wondering if anyone has any experience with these magnetic
I'm considering buying one of them, should be useful for my Veritas
steel router table...
But there's also this model to consider:
So the question is, what's the best solution?
(And no, I do not want to make something out of wood, have already done
that and I'm not too happy about it).
Used my grip tites yesterday afternoon, set up on a shaper to run a
bunch of stock making stiles and rails. I use them regularly. The
only disadvantage is that to use them on a fence face as hold downs,
you have to add a steel plate to your fence because they are magnetic.
If you have lots of fences that are either aluminum, wood, or
composite or laminate, they won't work without doing that. But for a
cast iron table they are slick.
Haven't used the other ones, but the fact they are magnetic would
solve the problem of the ones that expand and lock in a miter slot.
Seems like no matter what size the stock, that thing just won't reach
Isn't this a woodworking newsgroup? You're not supposed to give up
after a try or two. Buy some rare earth magnets on eBay, mortise
spaces a bit larger and deeper than the magnets. Use epoxy to glue the
magnets in place and to cover the face of the magnet so there's no
metal exposed. 1/8" of epoxy cover is all you need. The nickel
coating on the magnets, and the magnets themselves, are a bit fragile.
I have some that are over ten years old and still doing fine.
I have a magnetic featherboard that's just like the Lee Valley one in
your link. It holds well enough except when it inevitably ends up
straddling the miter slot, then it's prone to slip. And the plastic
"feather" isn't doesn't have enough give, so I have to position it
pretty carefully. It's so much trouble that I only use it for cuts
that seem particularly difficult to hold. Ordinarily, I just use two
"He who lieth down with dogs waketh up with fleas."
Yes. it would probably do the job, but what's nice about the other
product is the ability to switch the magnets on/off.
Anybody know how that's done?
Guess it's something like in these magnetic bases:
I'm tempted to buy a Magswitch featherboard and open it just to
see how they do it...
The base is split, separated by a non magnetic substance. The magnet is
rotated by the switch. When the individual poles line up with individual
halves of the body, the base sticks. When the magnet is rotated so both
poles line up with the same half, the magnetism, for the most part, is
contained within the body.
I don't know about on/off "switches", but there are a number of
magnets that will release by pulling them away from the table with a
lever or handle. Usually used on pick-up tools. The type LV sells is
fairly easy to remove by 'rotating' the magnet away from the table- it
just won't slide easily.
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