Any one for quoins?
As many other users of this forum, I have gathered many good ideas and new and faster ways of creating sawdust. I am in the process of following several of Harry Sims Videos. (Thank you Harry)
Yesterday I finished my router skis. It is not pretty but should work OK. Also completed was a Jig for holding work pieces in preparation for inlaying.
As you know the inlay jig comprises several components including a rectangular fixed frame that surrounds the work piece which will be routed to receive the inlay.
Harry shows two ways of clamping the work piece to the base of the Jig. Method 1 shows nailing scrap wood around the work piece. Method 2 shows cams.
Looking at the entire system I had a flash back to my high school print shop (many long years ago). Type was prepared for printing by blocking the type into a fixed metal frame. This was much like blocking a wooden work piece into Harry's Jig.
The type is blocked into the frame by blocks of wood. Several blocks of wood spacers are inserted loosely between the block of type and the fixed frame. To tighten these spacer blocks a pair of metal wedges called quoins were inserted. We used the Hempel Style Quoins. They were wedges formed with gear teeth on the inside mating faces. the quoins would be placed between the wooden spacer blocks and tighten by a tee shaped quoin wench.
I think that this method would be a great way to block up a work piece for inlaying.
I have looked on E-Bay and found a couple of listings for quoins and quoin wrench. The items were apparently being sold as antiques and were priced accordingly.
Does anyone out there know if quoins are still commercially being produced?
If so, please give me a source.
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