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Bob #2

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02-19-2009 12:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: magswitch magents feaather boards jig milling

I took a short cruise at the manufacturers sight to check out their magswitches .

The first thing that struck me was that they are instantly detachable from my jigs, and for the time being, I should only need a pair for most of my special jigs.
They attach through pre dirlled holes and stay in place with the wings set on the shoulders of the T switch.
The feather boards will fovever free me of the miter track when ripping long boards. I admit to not always using a feather board for this cut due to fiddling the jig into place. Here you just drop it in position and twist!

There are lots of other neat examples for uses.

I put a pair on my short list and a pair of feather boards as well.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 02-19-2009 12:26 AM

Hi Bob;

It’s been a while since I’ve seen you so excited. Take it easy, buddy.

I too have and use these, but I stayed a bit calmer about it. LOL

Good post.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Tom Adamski

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#2 posted 02-19-2009 12:30 AM

These things are great! I use them for jigs, the featherboards on both the tablesaw and jointer and have even made a very reliable bandsaw fence that is rock steady.
I’m not sold on their new modular system as it seems cheap and flimsy, compared to what I can make from birch ply and poplar.


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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Bob #2

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#3 posted 02-19-2009 12:56 AM

Hi Lee!
Guilty as seen. ;-)

I am really pumped up about these as they are something I can use everyday in the shop as opposed to things I get and used once or twice a year.

Tom I will have to take a trip over to Lee Valley this Saturday and get up to speed on what’s going to work for me.
I’ll keep you all posted on my adventure.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 02-19-2009 01:03 AM

I handled and used them and they are indeed great, but I always get sticker shock. Home-made rare earth magnet jigs are not THAT hard to use.

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#5 posted 02-19-2009 03:13 AM

Couple of 5 dollar 150 lb magnets work. The on/off is the nice part though.

There is actually a welding magnet 100lbs that has a handle like a push stick. You just kind of lift it away.

Mag switches are pricey. But will probably eventually get a few.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#6 posted 02-19-2009 03:16 AM

I’ve got a couple of these and they are fantastic to use. Very versatile.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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Randy Moseley

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#7 posted 02-22-2009 12:24 AM

I got one of these and if you resaw boards for veneering on the bandsaw, it’s GREAT. Also super on the tablesaw, mainly because of the on/off switches. I thought they were expensive, but splurged at the Milwaukee woodworking show last year and haven’t regretted it.

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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