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Forum topic by Jack Colliflower posted 05-10-2019 10:55 PM 380 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jack Colliflower

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05-10-2019 10:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: clamp miter saw bessey colliflower zero clearance zci

Hey, Fellas.
I’m back with need of some advice.
I come on here from time to time to get some good feedback from you all about things I’ve made.
Here was my problem: (And I’m sure that if it was my problem, it has been your too.)
I cut a lot of short pieces on my miter saw. Not only short, but aluminum too. I had no good way of clamping my short piece so close to the blade without worry of losing a finger. (I’ve come close a time or two :)
Solution: One of the products I make are ZCIs for miter saws & table saws. I thought that if I could add a clamp to my aluminum ZCI, it would hold plenty strong and would be plenty close to the blade. And so, I made a “dog clamp” like system which sits in holes in my ZCI.
I made a “connector” which screws onto a Bessey toggle clamp. Then, the connector simply is placed into the holes in the ZCI. Then the Bessey clamp is clamped. Easy & strong. Can do both top-side and side clamping (depending on the type of Bessey clamp I use).
I get excited about much of what I make, so that means I’m not a good judge of if the tool is good or not. And so…I ask you all for your opinions! What do you think?? Good addition to the ZCI or….??
Thank you very much.
Pics attached….


-- J Colliflower


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 05-10-2019 11:02 PM

Ingenious. I use one of these from Fastcap.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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AlaskaGuy

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#2 posted 05-10-2019 11:04 PM

Usually my hand is the clamp. I guess I should add, I seldom use a miter saw in the shop and my in the field days are about over.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Rayne

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#3 posted 05-11-2019 12:55 AM

+1 on the 10 million dollar stick from Fastcap. Very nice to use on a miter saw.

Nice idea on the using the ZCI as a source to hold a toggle clamp. The ability to switch out is cool. Your ZCI does look like that from Infinity tools but with holes.

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SMP

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#4 posted 05-11-2019 05:32 AM



Ingenious. I use one of these from Fastcap.

- Gene Howe

I saw that at my local hardware store and had no idea what it was! Now i may need to pick one up.

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Peteybadboy

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#5 posted 05-11-2019 10:12 AM

I also use the 10 mill $ finger from fast cap. I use the other end of the stick to hold down however. If there a correct way?

-- Petey

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ohtimberwolf

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#6 posted 05-11-2019 11:48 AM

badboy:
DETAILS
Cutting small parts on your mitersaw or chop saw just got safer with the FastCap 10 Million Dollar Stick. Designed to keep your hands away from the blade and out of harm’s way, this injection molded pushstick’s unique shape helps you safely hold your small piece while cutting.

The wishbone shape has rubber feet on all three ends. This allows you to set your piece, and then place the 10 Million Dollar Stick with one foot on the piece, one foot on the saw plate and the other out to the side for firm pressure. Hold the piece firmly against the fence and make the cut. For wider parts, use in the opposite position. The single end will be nearer the blade and the wishbone side out to provide steady pressure as you make the cut.

I found the above informative. larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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Jack Colliflower

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#7 posted 05-11-2019 01:45 PM

Good to know, guys—thank you! I didn’t even know about the FastCap. Looks like a good product.
Rayne: The ZCIs that Infinity Tools carries (with the switch-out insert) are Colliflower ZCIs. I make them, so this is just an experimental twist.

-- J Colliflower

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