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post #1 of 6 Old 02-12-2020, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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How to Keep Wood from Moving Around While You Work?

How do you hold your work for routing all four sides so it doesn't move while you are routing it? Can you do it in one step?

How do you sand and work on thin pieces? If you try to clamp them from the sides, the pegs stick up too far. If you put a board under it to raise it up above the pegs, then it pops out and won't stay.
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-13-2020, 04:50 AM
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Bit of that placed underneath your workpiece will work wonders. Also an option are those bench cookies, though i prefer the shelf liner. Works great for sanding, though for routing operations clamping then rotating will be safer

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I have used shelf liner from a two foot roll, cut as I need to match my work surface. It prevents damage to the board from the bench when sanding and routing. It grips fairly well when routing, but there is a chance of movement when routing smaller pieces. I have dog holes in my bench and use them with bench stops that have duel pegs...and various heights that I use with the mats. Sometimes a hold fast is the answer. I don't generally route all four sides in one go, I do one edge at a time.

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I have used the blue tape and CA glue method for quite a while but here's a video showing how it works -



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You can get non-slip open-weave like rubber router mats to put under your work. A cheaper alternative is the similiar material that goes under throw rugs.


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Track saw strips work very well. You can mount them on a piece of wood which is clamped to the benchtop.

Saw this on YouTube recently. Pretty interesting guy. Take a look

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