Thin Strip Cutter for the Gripper Push Block.

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Project by Zonker posted 08-08-2019 05:38 PM 2086 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am in the process of building an earring rack for my wife and needed to cut 11 (plus extras just in case) 1/2”x3/16” x 22” strips of salvaged oak. I didn’t want to fiddle the tables saw fence for every cut so I came up with this modification. I took a scrap piece of 1/2” plywood and copied the side plate of the Gripper including the rabbet at the top (4th picture). Then I took a longer strip of scrap plywood and cut it 2 1/4” wide, then I set the table saw fence to 2” and made a stopped cut that ends 1” from the end. I used the band saw to clean up the notch (2nd and 3rd pics.). I glued and screwed the two pieces together as shown and then mounted it on the gripper after removing the side plate. In use, I align my fence 2” plus the width of the strip to be cut ( in this case 3/16”) from the blade. Then I hold the stock against the gripper, and gripper against the fence and carefully feed the assembly until the gripper is fully on the table, at which point my left hand can move away from the whole deal. Once I clear the blade I can retrieve the Gripper and stock and start over on the next strip. The only touchy part of the operation is reaching over the blade to retrieve the stock after each cut. Once the stock gets too thin for the gripper “foot” to hold on the stock side of the blade, I stop cutting and call it a moment. I researched several methods of thin strip cutting here and on youtube and found most of them either too variable prone or tedious (or both). Having tried this method, It is fast, repeatable, and safe. I hope this helps someone out.

-- Larry A. - I've made a small fortune with my woodworking. The trouble is, I started with a large fortune.

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#1 posted 08-09-2019 05:45 AM

Very cool jig!

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#2 posted 08-09-2019 01:16 PM

That’s really cool. My favorite part of many projects seems to be building jigs to actually accomplish what I want to do. I’m glad I found LJs so I can “borrow” ideas like this rather than reinvent inferior mouse traps!

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#3 posted 08-09-2019 03:10 PM

I like it.

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#4 posted 08-23-2019 10:21 PM

Very ingenious. Nice work!

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#5 posted 08-30-2019 03:43 PM

Good idea. I have a gripper but never use it, as Im more comfortable using the shoe type push sticks, and Ive noticed the grippers grip slip sometimes.

But now I will look at it differently, thanks to you, and think of how I can modify it.

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