Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)... #16: When a "fence" doesn’t pay up…

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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 01-31-2020 01:39 AM 1459 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Boys and Girls,

We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)….

To be fair to any product(s) mentioned, this is not a review per-se, but my impression, be it through bad judgement, misuse or just too much cheap vino.

I have seen this gadget,

in many videos and a few cameo appearances in pictures, however, I have never seen or read a review about them… that is not saying they’re not there but I haven’t seen/read them (when I made the purchase).
Actually I have recently viewed some reviews… and they bloody well LIED or at least disguised the truth (my opinion)!
Furthermore some of my not so enlightened woodworking mates had one and “recommended” them, though not with conviction.

Consequently, many years ago, before my “woodie” days and when I was an impressionable splinter, I saw this table saw hold-down roller assembly (I believe it currently referred to as a Board Buddy) in the online McJing (long story) catalogue, at a “reasonable cost”,

I was mesmerised by the shiny yellow rollers and VISAd a set.

Upon arrival I was totally disallusioned and not wanting to drill holes in my newly acquired Biesemeyer Style TS fence, I kept deferring it and when I really needed it I didn’t have time or the inclination.

I eventually bit the bullet and made up a fence for my fence to mount the jig on,

(the metal plate was for the benefit of mag-switches).
Was not happy with the security of the mounting options and ease (lack thereof)of adjustment. Combine that with the weight of the fence/plate/jig, it never made it to production use after the initial pilot cut(s). Now in all fairness this may have been more my stupidity than shortcoming of the jig.

Needless to say, I totally baulked at fitting it directly to my TS fence and when I discovered the JessEm Clear Cut stock guides (hereby referred to as JessEm Router guides),

they (the yellow peril) got a permanent permanet-shelving without a never to be used by me sticker.
I actually bought these stock guides for the router table and thought they were so good I bought a second set for the table saw… Not a good idea… they were great on the router table but a tad too close to the fence on the TS…
Fitted the set to the TS and used a few times, but not a must use/have item.

I then discovered these JessEm TS Stock Guides (referred to as JessEm TS guides), which I talked myself into buying, fitted to the fence,

and have never left it off (even if only parked)…

I swear by them for any timber/sheet-goods wider than 140mm (though could be used on narrower stock).

First Stupidity was buying that McJing roller hold down fence attachment without reading any adverse (pros and cons are a must) reviews. The second was in not trying the JessEm Router guides before buying one for the TS… Now that is plain stupid as all I had to do is walk 3 meters and just put them in the TS’s t-track and take 1 minute to evaluate before forking out for the second set (I do hate the hassle of moving fittings between machinery)…
At least they can be used as lead in feather-boards on my TS.

There is my third stupid action… trying to believe that crap!

Late brainwave… I could always use the JessEM Router guides on the router side of the TS fence… I just need to attach, try and stay tuned while I decide whether this was Stupid or not!

Later addition,

Hmmm, may not be that clever as when not in use and parked,

they add a little extra weight to the fence. Now while this is not substantial… just remember that straw and the weakling camel!

Moral of the story is… All’s well that comes at an unexpected additional cost!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#1 posted 01-31-2020 02:48 AM

Ah so Mr Mr McJing

I also saw the product at a wood show in Brisbane, and after examining the product closely I could not understand how the device fitted to a fence.

So I asked the Mc Jing Expert and he told me the facts, however I still could not understand the concept.
So having an enquiring mind I invited him to the next exhibition of which there was a table saw, come show me.

He refused so I gestured with sign language in case I was not fully understood, again my requests were refused so I returned the product thinking well some other sucker may buy it.

Mind you it did look like a good bit of kit.

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 01-31-2020 04:36 AM

I returned the product thinking well some other sucker may buy it.
Mind you it did look like a good bit of kit.
- robscastle

Welcome back…

Looks like c’est moi il est la sucker,

Be grateful you couldn’t speak Mandarin and you saved a few shekels!

Those yellow ”dumbbells” also had me sucked in.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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