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Currently I use a piece of 12"x12"x1/2" MDF with a 8"x8" opening in the middle to support my router base while template routing (these are relatively small templates that sit inside of the 8"x8" opening). I attach both the template and the support frame (the 12"x12" piece of MDF) with screws. I have an idea to improve this process where the material (typically a 2"x8") being cut would be sandwiched by this frame (probably make it out of plexi) and my waste board that sits underneath. I can't figure out a quick way to clamp the material without knobs or levers protruding above the support frame that would interfere with the router.

Any one out there know of any clamps that could do such a thing???

I hope this made sense.
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Hi

Cam or wedges work very well for that job.

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Currently I use a piece of 12"x12"x1/2" MDF with a 8"x8" opening in the middle to support my router base while template routing (these are relatively small templates that sit inside of the 8"x8" opening). I attach both the template and the support frame (the 12"x12" piece of MDF) with screws. I have an idea to improve this process where the material (typically a 2"x8") being cut would be sandwiched by this frame (probably make it out of plexi) and my waste board that sits underneath. I can't figure out a quick way to clamp the material without knobs or levers protruding above the support frame that would interfere with the router.

Any one out there know of any clamps that could do such a thing???

I hope this made sense.


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Might try using a thin profile, but heavy duty spring clamp placed in a recessed area. I'm trying to find you a picture.
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Just one more way

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Thank you BJ and Chris for the suggestions. BJ your last post gave me an idea. I think that I will use some 1/4" all thread at each corner of my frame support it with some springs so that it wants to stay up (this will make it easier to feed the material under the frame) and then the all thread will pass through my table and attach to a 12"x12" base. Then I can place a bottle jack between the base and the under side of my table. Wala, I have a pneumatic clamp with nothing extruding above my frame.

I don't know how it will work but I just might give it a try.
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Well over the weekend I gave it a go. I had a long lists of projects that NEEDED to be done, but I chose to work on this instead.

It worked wonderfully. I am sure I will continue to tweek it as I use it, but out of the shoot it performed well.

Thanks again for the ideas!!!
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