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Old 10-21-2011, 04:32 PM   #1
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Default Cutting some more birdhouses..epiphany.

While wrestling with some mini clamps and tape etc. I came up with a jig to hold my compound cut bird houses together. Works great.

Just 2, 1/4" bolts, 2 washers and 2 wing nuts to keep the pressure on. Works like a champ.
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Those are handy for many projects.
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Hi Mike, that's definitely a good idea, but I'm sure you've seen that clamp on this site before. I posted one myself several years ago when I cut my first chess set. I still think you should tape the waste pieces back together after you cut the first side, it helps keep the wood tight together so the piece dosen't slip while cutting the second side. The piece may come out lopsided if it slips.
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I have seen it before. I actually made a similar one a few months ago to cut some small puzzles out of spheres. Just passing it along as so many are doing the mini birdhouses these days-- I found it helpful.
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And if you're lazy like me, the little Irwin clamps will work, too.
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I have about a dozen of these all different sizes. One thing that I have started doing to them is adding 150 grit sand paper. you do not neet to put tape on the waste as the sand paper holds it all tight.

Just use some spray adhesive that you use to hold your patts on, add to the sand paper and the wood. I recommend adding some blue tape around the edges to keep everything clean. Spray the face that will hold the project, add your sand paper, trim to fit.

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JW,
That is a good idea, thanks for sharing it.
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That is a good idea using bolts and wing nuts. I think I will probably do that to mine. I have cut 60 of the mini bird houses. I sold 40 of them last Sunday at a street fair. I am cutting 40 more for a show I have in December. People really liked them!
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Dan are you also getting 10.00 per?
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Hey Mike. Yes, $10 each or two for $18. I sold 10 to one lady for $7.50 each.
so I don't hijack your thread, I'll post some pics in the business forum latter on.
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