Trammels using magnets

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Project by ShopBuilt posted 02-04-2018 04:13 PM 2879 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was trying to think of some uses for rare earth magnets in the shop and it turns out they work great for trammel points because they make it so quick to adjust. I made a video showing some other uses for the magnets as well .

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#1 posted 02-04-2018 05:05 PM

Trammel idea great. Bench hook with magnet also a good idea.

Watched video. Only one question. Why did you drill into your drill press head? Those magnets are really strong. All you had to do is stick the magnets in a convenient place on the drill press head and then throw your check key at the magnets. I did the same thing without drilling into my drill press head. Just saying ….

Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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#2 posted 02-04-2018 05:12 PM

Interesting idea. How well do the magnets hold when you put it down and pick it back up?

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 02-04-2018 06:53 PM

This is a very nice set of trammels and will be so useful in your shop. The magnets are very creative idea.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 02-04-2018 06:54 PM

Another thought I forgot to mention. If you have old disk drives that have crashed on your computer, you can scavenge 2 powerful rare earth magnets from them. They also make good tool holders for places like on your drill press or table saw.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 02-04-2018 11:56 PM

Wow. A couple of great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

-- AJ

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Chris Cook

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#6 posted 02-05-2018 02:06 AM

I have RE magnets all over my shop for tool hanging. Hung a big strip of steel over my bench and put them all over it. Hang just the sharp stuff over my head. I love the rush of adrenaline!

@tyvekboy, same here. My drill press has RE magnets all over. Never screwed any of them in though.

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#7 posted 02-05-2018 07:11 AM

How ’’the hell’’ I didn’t thought something like this. I have just perfect scrap ruller in my shop drawer and some magnets. This is definately ’’got to do’’ project this month.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 02-05-2018 01:53 PM

I saw this on your channel Ryan and thought you were going magnet crazy… but the compass was very cool, much easier than a clamp or screw method.

And magnets are great for “storing” all kinds of things.

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#9 posted 02-21-2018 06:13 AM

Me Likey ..

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