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    Quick Flip Stops - Shop Made

    The current swap project has made very obvious that I should have thought out my smaller sled fence. I can really save some time if I have multiple stops ;-(

    Not wanting to stop to make a new fence I instead took about 30 minutes and knocked five of these out. I don't need five, that just happened to be how long the scrap was ;-) I milled a piece of scrap, straight grained oak to 1" x 1" x whatever it was and cross cut pieces 1-1/2" in length and 3-716" in length (make the longer length to suit your needs).

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    the "in-close drill press holddown comes in handy.

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    Without changing the DP setup I drill a counterbore to accept the bolt head.

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    A piece of scrap with a hole drilled in it acts as a pivot jig for the disc sander. This knock the corners off and assures pivoting clearance.

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    A bolt and a nylon-insert lock nut and it works like any other flip stop.

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    The fence pictured is not the one with the problem but, I want to go get something to eat so I'm being lazy. These are a band-aid for my short-sightedness on the smaller sled fence. I will fix that more elegantly when time allows. Thought this might help my fellow short-sighted friends.
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    "...Thought this might help my fellow short-sighted friends." I call those people "myopes."
    Gee it is fun to pun in two languages.

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    Another nice little tutorial Glenn, you ought to write a book of handy tricks and tips.

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    Thanks guys. I was in a hurry last night so let me finish up. A coat of sealer (I use 1lb cut shellac since it dries so fast) to the clamping area and the addition of some sandpaper helps these stay put. I put the paper on both sides so they can be used in a left or right orientation. They have no key or track so I like a little grip to keep things put where I clamp them.

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    Not real fancy but, I can clamp them to things that do not already have them. Time will tell how useful they are in my shop.

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    Someone mentioned that I put more effort into my throw-away jigs than they put into their 'keepers'. These things really don't take much time and theoretically they actually save time. My feeling is that the jig, no matter how "by the seat of the pants" is going to contribute to my result and I know how I like my result . I know I've wandered off the trail when it takes more time to make the jig than I will save by using it. And I thought I hated math!?!
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    I use these Bessey clamps and simple blocks of various woods to make fence stop blocks. You could modify your design slightly, Glenn, and make these clamps work on your versions, too.

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    Thanks Glenn. I need some kind of a stop to make up for my lack of planning on my table saw sled. This might do the trick.

    Jim, that's a great idea too. I don't think I've seen those Bessey's before. Where did you get them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Calver View Post
    ...I don't think I've seen those Bessey's before. Where did you get them?
    I got the first one in Bessey's "12 days of Christmas" giveaway a few years ago, and liked it so well that I bought three more from Hartville Hardware.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    I use these Bessey clamps and simple blocks of various woods to make fence stop blocks. You could modify your design slightly, Glenn, and make these clamps work on your versions, too.
    I have some of those. A pair came with each of my right-angle clamps. I use an offering fro Rockler in a similar manner on my other sleds although the stops do not flip. The Rockler versions have the capacity to clamp things to my Biesemeyer-like fence
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    You are right that a little design modification could employ the benefits of both . I do like that the Bessey "rods" do not swivel. this is part of the Rockler capacity adjustment but, can be awkward one-handed
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    ...The Rockler versions have the capacity to clamp things to my Biesemeyer-like fence...
    I have the Rockler clamps, too. They're great for attaching auxiliary fences, etc. to the Biesemeier, but I find them a bit too long for most other uses.
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