Safer And More Efficient Finger Joint Sled For Small Hinges

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Forum topic by Dan P posted 08-17-2017 08:53 PM 610 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dan P

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08-17-2017 08:53 PM

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This is a sled I’ve come up with for making hinge finger joints. It should promote safety as the shield is attached to the hand operated clamping device. It is much faster than previous methods I have used.

More information on it in my latest blog.

That is a heavy duty felt pad stickered to the pulling clamp.
This is the bottom with adjustable whiteboard. The wooden piece in slot is removable for making odd cuts.

This needs a youtube video because it works really well.
Here is the clamping component.

-- Daniel P

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#1 posted 08-17-2017 09:33 PM

Make a video! Or at least show a step by step of how it works.

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#2 posted 08-17-2017 11:01 PM

Hmmm, having a hard time wrapping my head around this one …

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#3 posted 08-17-2017 11:54 PM

When my wife gets home I will have her video me using it. Then figure out how to post it.

But anyway, I’m pretty jazzed about it. The heels of your hands and your thumbs position behind the double MDF pieces. Your fingers grip the clamping piece and pull it back into the work piece holding it very snugly. It’s kind of a instinctive/natural motion for the hand and fingers to grip from that position. To me, the forces involved in this grip synchronize with pushing the sled forward and pulling it back.

The slots cut into the clamp/board fit over the rails of the sled and slide back and forth. The front piece of MDF/fence is adjustable to enable squaring everything up from top to bottom and left to right using shims if necessary.

Finger width is adjusted by moving the right side whiteboard. The three braces in back are for support and could also be shimmed for adjusting the fence. I was figuring it out as I built it, so the back could probably be done differently but wouldn’t need to be. The front part with the sliding hand grip clamp is the game changer. It really does work quite well.

-- Daniel P

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#4 posted 08-18-2017 03:07 PM

these are 3/32” slots I’m cutting. One take so a little fidgety.

-- Daniel P

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