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And yet another diy gripper pushblock

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Project by RCCinNC posted 01-21-2019 09:33 PM 4336 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been a lurker for several years now, and decided that it was time to come out of the woodworking closet and share a few of my own projects.

Like many, I have admired the concept of the Gripper Pushblock, but have been turned off by the cost. There are several designs in this forum that inspired me. As a dinosaur, I apologize for not having the skill set to provide sketch up plans…but hopefully the photos of my project and similar designs on this site will inspire others to create their own. Like all my woodworking projects, I had a lot of fun creating it…an end in itself!


My gripper block is 9” long, and has a width capacity of 5 1/2”. Maximum depth of cut is 2 1/4”, though I’m not sure I’d advise ripping thin stock of that dimension! The fence side push block has interchangeable 1/4 “ and 1/2” plywood faces, both with rear stops, The 1/2” face includes a a drop stop, as does the adjustable waste side keeper block. The bottom adjustable keeper plate is made from left over 1/4” polycarbonate, slotted and dadoed on the bottom to provide clearance for the heads of the two toilet bolts that hold it in place. Both the push blocks use 3M Temflex rubber splicing tape held in place with heavy duty double sided adhesive foam tape for the grip material. That seems to work fine, but collected sawdust need be wiped off for it to be effective, and the stops are definitely needed.

I am exceptionally pleased with how well my gripper block works. The cuts are clean and consistent, with zero binding or burning. I especially like the confidence it allows me when dealing with thin stock. A great addition to my shop!

-- Live to putter...putter to live!





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Chris Cook

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#1 posted 01-22-2019 01:47 AM

Good design and execution.

If you feel froggy, you should buy a Gripper anyway. I have met the family, it’s an American made product and family owned business. A true American success story.

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

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RCCinNC

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#2 posted 01-22-2019 02:55 AM

Chris, I hope they are profiting well from a well designed, safety oriented product. Admittedly, I don’t deny a little guilt in taking advantage of their idea and making my own. For them, it’s a problem of creating something for professionals and hobbiests who have it well within their skill set to create their own diy version. I think I might purchase one after all, 1) because I like the fact that the Gripper system is American made and a family business, and 2) because it was their idea that inspired me in the first place. Kudos to them! Doesn’t hurt to have more than one. Also, given how much I like mine…they seem to be a better value than I gave them credit for in the first place. Given that, I hope my future widget/jig posts don’t cause me to buy the commercially available versions. That’s going to get pricey…. ; ).

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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woodbutcherbynight

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#3 posted 01-22-2019 04:23 AM

Alot of knobs and such. LOL

Seems well built and you obviously put a lot of time and effort into it.

Nice work.

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

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bushmaster

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#4 posted 01-22-2019 02:06 PM

I would take a long instruction manual to learn how to operate it, Looks like it will do about everything. I like looking at a product and making one in my estimation covers more aspects. Now we have to see some projects to see how well it works.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Upgrayedd

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#5 posted 01-22-2019 02:54 PM

Wow, the knobs you have.

-- Upgrayedd - spelled thusly, with two Ds, for a double dose of this pimping.

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BigAl98

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#6 posted 01-22-2019 05:08 PM

Looks like $50 is well saved. Thanks for taking the time to share!

-- Al,Midwest -To thine own self be true

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Ivan

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#7 posted 01-23-2019 09:56 AM

Looks better than original to me.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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htl

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#8 posted 01-29-2019 08:43 PM

Nice Job!!!
I built one also but for me the weight of the wood jig got in the way, but I build models and make very small parts so look at it from a different angle than most.

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs https://www.lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/130264

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Chris Cook

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#9 posted 02-05-2019 11:54 PM

I have two and use them a lot! I bought 4 for work and they use them in the shop. They seem complicated, but they have a 3 minute video that shows all the benefits.

I make a lot of my own jigs and probably would have made these had I not been aware of their origin. Not many American Made or family businesses that I get to support very often.

Cheers!


Chris, I hope they are profiting well from a well designed, safety oriented product. Admittedly, I don’t deny a little guilt in taking advantage of their idea and making my own. For them, it’s a problem of creating something for professionals and hobbiests who have it well within their skill set to create their own diy version. I think I might purchase one after all, 1) because I like the fact that the Gripper system is American made and a family business, and 2) because it was their idea that inspired me in the first place. Kudos to them! Doesn’t hurt to have more than one. Also, given how much I like mine…they seem to be a better value than I gave them credit for in the first place. Given that, I hope my future widget/jig posts don’t cause me to buy the commercially available versions. That’s going to get pricey…. ; ).

- RCCinNC


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

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