Bits & Clamps

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Post by Rcnewcomb »

Be sure to use good quality carbide bits to leave a shiny finish in your clamps when you accidentally hit them.
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And, of course, the same for those who have an aluminum T-slot table. (Don't ask.)
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It's like Red Green always said: "If it ain't broke, you're not tryin' hard enough".
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Feeds and Speeds are important also...
I got chatter marks when I tried to unclamp my piece(before carving) with the bit at 3IPS Jog. :oops:
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Randall's tip of the week. :)
Rcnewcomb wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:04 am
Be sure to use good quality carbide bits to leave a shiny finish in your clamps when you accidentally hit them.

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It is like battle scars, kind of a badge of honor...
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That said, over the years I have learned not to be too skimpy with my blanks and leave a reasonable margin around the machining area for clamping. At the end that is cheaper in terms of broken bits, wasted time and spoiled lumber.

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Post by SteveNelson46 »

I seldom use clamps. Most of the time I screw the workpiece to the spoilboard. Then there is the issue of running into the screw head. Not saying that I've done it but I do have a nice collection of headless screws.
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Then there is the issue of running into the screw head. Not saying that I've done it but I do have a nice collection of headless screws.
I'm always amazed at how a 5 cent screw can efficiently destroy a $60 bit. :shock:
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Post by jfederer »

I made 4 clamps from scrap walnut. Even though I haven't scrapped a cutter for a while, I came close to losing a collet nut.. see burn mark on third clamp. I use drywall screws to screw them to the spoilboard. Usually I just screw down the workpiece if there's enough clearance and use the clamps when I'm not sure about clearance.I now have a spare collet nut, just in case!
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Bob Jr wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:22 am
It's like Red Green always said: "If it ain't broke, you're not tryin' hard enough".
I think my wife considers me "handy"... Inside Canadian joke. Great to see a Red Green reference here!
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I don’t use clamps very often, most of the time double sided tape, poly nails or a jig.
Over the last 2 years I have broken 2 bits... both hitting clamps and totally my fault.

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Bob Jr wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:22 am
It's like Red Green always said: "If it ain't broke, you're not tryin' hard enough".
I've seen Red Green live a couple of times. He is hilarious.

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come on guys---Red Green would of used duct tape not clamps

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The corollary would be: "I fit doesn't fit, you haven't hit it hard enough".

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