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Thread: Common Use for a Grr-Ripper

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    Common Use for a Grr-Ripper

    Every now and again I'm just toodling along in the shop minding my own business and I'll think. . . "hey, I should post that just for the sake of conversation".

    Those of you who have these already know but for those, who like I, wondered why anyone would pay $XX for a push block . . .

    I don't do a lot of small stuff but, Christmas is upon us and in my world, that means attack the scrap bin!!!

    I needed a couple 1/4" x 1/4" rabbets in some pieces 1-1/4" x 1/2" x 6-1/2" long. Yes, if I wasn't making this thing up as I went along, I would have cut the profile and then sized down the piece but, I digress.

    Set the block to hold the piece down as well as against the fence.

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    Pop the little doo-dah in like so.

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    Run 'er through.

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    And do that a bunch more times; safely, quickly, repeatably.

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    Next time I'll do the profile, then rip the width and cross cut to length . . . yeah, like I'm doing this again till next year .
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    You know Glenn, a persons gotta' be nuts to buy one of those. That's why I have two

    I know they're expensive, but they are one of the more versatile push blocks that I've ever used. I think the two tools that make me think the most about my fingers are the tablesaw and the jointer and on both of those I get to keep my fingers well out of the line of fire using this Gripper jig. They're one of the few really (relatively) expensive tools that I don't regret buying.

    cheers

    John

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    What model is that? Amazon lists four different ones. Deluxe, supreme, etc.
    I use less than perfect pusher when working with my mini-shaper. I should bring Tod over sometime to see it. He is needing a good laugh lately.

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    Here's the one that I have Frank:

    http://www.microjig.com/GR-200.htm

    I know they can be home built, and I've used home built push sticks and featherboards, but this thing is just..................cool

    cheers eh?

    John

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    These things are worth every penny you have to pay for them! I bought a package at The Woodworking Shows a few years ago. I think it was called the Deluxe package -- had two #200 with all the bells and whistles. It performs exactly as advertised. I've had no issue ripping 1/4" wide strips of short pieces. Rabbeting small pieces is even easier!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    What model is that? Amazon lists four different ones. Deluxe, supreme, etc.
    I also have two of the model 200 units. I use a variety of other pushing / conrolling thingys, shop made and otherwise. For several tasks these things, as stated previously, are just . . . . . . cool.

    P.s. I've never bothered with the seperately available "handle bridge". I understand the concept but in handling them with and without I went without. YMMV.
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    I've also got two of them, but the second one is still in the box. (Got it during a good Internet sale somewhere.) I haven't needed the second one yet (all my rippng has been short pieces), but it's there for the times I do need it. I don't have the extra base plate like you, Glenn. That looks handy, for sure.
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    I have got one of each, one with all the extras and one without. Seems to be working well as I use both depending on what I need and I don't have to take that extra foot on/off when it's not needed or gets in the way, I just grab the other one that has it.
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    Ok Glenn, I ordered one, now if I don't like it will you buy it....

    Hartville has them on sale right now, $64.95 for the 200.

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    Hey guys I was wondering who does not have one of these? So I am going to start a new thread with a poll as a impromtu non scientific survey of the Family. Who knows maybe we could muster a special FWW deal for a bulk buy or something like that.
    cheers

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