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    Vacuum Fence for Slider

    Finally finished my vacuum tall fence for my slider.
    Made of commercially available parts from companies in the CNC industry.
    Aluminum T-slot plate 16” x 24”
    4) 4” x 4” aluminum pods
    pneumatic switch
    powered by vacuum pump from Vacuum clamping systems.

    The objectives for this fence were to accurately cut box tops off boxes, cut reliefs in thin wood for box bottom aprons and to be used as a bench top holding jig.

    I make a lot of boxes and have tried every way possible for cutting boxes in two. With this fence and vacuum pods combined with a diamond thin kerf blade, I don't think there is a better method. Too many reasons to list.
    This fence far exceeded my expectations and is just another enhancement to the utility and safety of a slider especially for small work.
    Another realized benefit is the plate/pods for bench work. The holding power, speed of changing work positions, and accessibility to your work without traditional clamps is a game changer for me.
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    You make beautiful boxes. Very nice execution, both in the box, and in the fixture.

    Which vacuum pump is that?
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    John - Nice setup - Where did you buy the aluminum pods?

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    Thank you Bruce.
    The pump is from Vacuum pressing Systems. It’s called the “Professional” model

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Hockenberg View Post
    John - Nice setup - Where did you buy the aluminum pods?

    Purchased the plate, T-nuts, and pods from “Clampusystems”. They were great to work with.

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    Wow! Very nice!

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    John, really cool. Thank you for posting this!
    Bumbling forward into the unknown.

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    that's clever. well done

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    Great solution, John!
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    Awesome. I need to make a clamping fixture for the slider for cutting veneer. I HATE using a veneer saw. I made a fixture from MDF but it's way too heavy

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    Thanks everyone for the compliments.

    Joe, a little over a year ago, I switched from commercial veneer to shop-sawn veneer. I like mine at 1/16”. For me, it is so much nicer to work with. One benefit is i can cut it on my slider using the AirTight clamps, a diamond blade, and a sacrificial piece of wood on top of the veneer. This pic I am cutting the top and bottom veneers for a panel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Sincerbeaux View Post
    Thanks everyone for the compliments.

    Joe, a little over a year ago, I switched from commercial veneer to shop-sawn veneer. I like mine at 1/16”. For me, it is so much nicer to work with. One benefit is i can cut it on my slider using the AirTight clamps, a diamond blade, and a sacrificial piece of wood on top of the veneer. This pic I am cutting the top and bottom veneers for a panel.
    D0F83975-BF16-4CC4-AF1B-53C2A930338F.jpg
    what brand are those clamps, thanks?

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    The brand is called “AirTight”
    Airtight.com

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    Lol............

    Quote Originally Posted by john sincerbeaux View Post
    finally finished my vacuum tall fence for my slider.
    Made of commercially available parts from companies in the cnc industry.
    Aluminum t-slot plate 16” x 24”
    4) 4” x 4” aluminum pods
    pneumatic switch
    powered by vacuum pump from vacuum clamping systems.

    The objectives for this fence were to accurately cut box tops off boxes, cut reliefs in thin wood for box bottom aprons and to be used as a bench top holding jig.

    I make a lot of boxes and have tried every way possible for cutting boxes in two. With this fence and vacuum pods combined with a diamond thin kerf blade, i don't think there is a better method. Too many reasons to list.
    This fence far exceeded my expectations and is just another enhancement to the utility and safety of a slider especially for small work.
    Another realized benefit is the plate/pods for bench work. The holding power, speed of changing work positions, and accessibility to your work without traditional clamps is a game changer for me.
    0F7C0971-1D6C-424C-9FF3-F81687AEDF38.jpg1E8296A2-E0A7-4AAE-AA27-B595488C5F8F.jpg63F6325A-C5CE-4EA2-80F9-5B4A7A7C2ACC.jpg444B7491-DD7F-4F35-9A34-A5025E991401.jpg3A196AFD-909B-43C8-9D88-E00B5F5C3A1E.jpg5C343640-6609-4656-865C-B8DC6527A3C6.jpg

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    What a beautiful piece! It's so real that the figure in the ground seems to be , not wood ,but churning hot summer air !

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