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Bob Blarney

a birdsmouth -a traditional bench fixture with an accessory

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Hello,  modelers may find this traditional bench fixture useful.

 

My daughter is a professional artist, and she asked me to make a birdsmouth for her bench.  So I bodged this together in  few minutes, and I thought she might find a hold-down claw useful while sawing and grinding out shapes.  The claw is just an arched piece of hardwood that is held by a toilet bolt & wingnut, and it can be located in the notches on either side of wooden table.  When it wears out from strokes of the saw blade or other tool, it's just a matter of cutting a new one.

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    As the saying goes: why didn't I think of that before?  With my weakening grip from MD the clamp really makes using my jewelers saw much easier.  THANKS.

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Dave; As always I keep learning about new jigs, etc. Great idea! Thank you for posting...Moab

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2 hours ago, BETAQDAVE said:

    As the saying goes: why didn't I think of that before?  With my weakening grip from MD the clamp really makes using my jewelers saw much easier.  THANKS.

You're welcome.  You could make the fixture larger and add more notches to locate additional claws.  You could also use larger knobs on the toilet bolt that are easier to manipulate. The t-bolts are available in 1/4-20 or 5/16-18 sizes and different lengths. 

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