Gripper jig

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Project by Paul posted 03-08-2015 06:41 PM 9711 views 20 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I borrowed a design from what I could find on lumber jocks and on this website:

This took a bit to build… but wow, it was worth it. It makes ripping on the table saw so much easier!

-- Paul, Iowa

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#1 posted 03-08-2015 06:44 PM

Nice. I really need to make one of these.

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11

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#2 posted 03-08-2015 06:51 PM

You need to make two! So, when you are ripping longer pieces, you can use both to continuously feed through the blade!

-- Paul, Iowa

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#3 posted 03-08-2015 06:53 PM

Gripper jig well done, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#4 posted 03-08-2015 10:15 PM

Nice, I just finished mine last week. We should form a club for all of us Grr-ripper makers.

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#5 posted 03-09-2015 03:14 AM

I would like to just able to buy one locally !!

Nice work puts my redneck ones to shame !!

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 03-09-2015 03:21 AM

get rid of the screws in the lower parts.
that’s an accident waiting to happen.

-- Jeff NJ

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#7 posted 03-09-2015 04:30 AM

Great job, very useful. Thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 03-10-2015 07:44 PM

Those look nice. I do wish people would quit ripping off the design of an American designed and MANUFACTURED product. We finally get a woodworking company to build stuff here and the woodworking community responds by ripping off the design and building their own. This isn’t directed at the poster, I’m just tired of watching people congratulate each other on ripping off the design of an American made product. This is a chance to buy American. support them.

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#9 posted 03-10-2015 08:00 PM

I’ll second that. I own two GRR-Rippers and the quality is superb. What really impressed me is the anti-slip material on the base and auxiliary legs. I am not sure you could find that material anywhere. It can be cleaned easily. I’ve tossed cheaper push blocks because the anti-slip material became “slip” material.

I bought the two-pack on Amazon. It includes some extra pieces and was specially priced.

-- Lee

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#10 posted 03-10-2015 08:42 PM

I appreciate the comments on wanting to purchase American tools and “ripping off” a design. However, when they are priced so high ($60 each), and building them yourself is so low cost and easy to do… kind of hard to justify spending the money ($120 in this case for two)... don’t you think that’s a bit overpriced for push sticks???. In fact, I wouldn’t even consider purchasing them simply because of the cost of them. I would just use old school methods of push sticks and push pads. However building them myself for such a low cost… seems like a low cost solution for me in my little shop. If they were priced lower… I would probably have purchased them.

dpritts… I do have a question for you…. I would think that many woodworkers have built various jigs to use in the shop. I would also think that many of those jigs are based of some other design, or those woodworkers looked in a magazine, or on the internet, etc. So, why is this any different? In the end a jig is a design to solve a problem or increase safety or efficiency in the shop. So, the design plans I used were created by someone that posted them on the web (from Lumberjocks even). I understand that they aren’t the same high production quality that they have. But I’ve chosen to build my own and save some money. I find it hard to believe you haven’t built anything yourself to save some money.

As far as the anti slip design material I used… I just bought a pack of pads at Menards (for like $5), and cut them to size. They were sold as “Build your own Bench Cookies”, with design plans. Doesn’t Rockler have a design for those? I’ve seen other brands as well… Benchdog? How is that any different?

-- Paul, Iowa

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#11 posted 03-11-2015 12:09 AM

I do think the the grr-ripper is expensive. I still bought two, and the extensions, and the 1/8 leg…. It is an outstanding product, proudly designed and manufactured in this country. I use it a lot, and made my money back pretty quick with the time it saves safely cutting thin stock on the table saw. I didn’t mean to personally attack the original poster of the product, but I stand by my comment that I am tired of people posting a rip-off of an american companies patented product. This is totally different than building a jig you see in a magazine. Magazines provide non-patented jigs for their readers to build. This was built of someone who reverse engineered a commercially available product and then provided the plans under the name grip n rip (didn’t even try to pretend it wasn’t a knock off of the grr-ripper). I’m sorry if it offends anyone, but I’m calling foul on this one. We all want to save money, but ripping off patented designs is no different that ripping off furniture designs, and that is garbage as well. All the woodworking forums constantly gripe about everything being built in china. So here we get a chance to support american ingenuity, and what do we do? Post plans to rip it of, and complain about the price. I think its disgusting. I have definitely built jigs, but have NEVER ripped off someones patented design.
In retrospect, I should not have posted a comment at all, and it is in poor taste at best, that this rant was directed at one individuals project when a great many others have done the same thing, and for that I’m sorry.
But I think it needs to be said that ripping stuff off is wrong.

paul- I apologize for directing this to your post
p.s. Rockler owns bench dog. They introduced bench cookies after bench dog filed bankruptcy and rockler financed the company

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