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Clamping to fixed side edge guides

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I have a multiangle guide (the Tools4Boards XACT thing) that I have been pretty happy with for several years, but it is starting to wear out.  I've been thinking of replacing it with a dedicated 3 degree guide.

But I'm wondering about clamping methods for files and stones. The traditional spring clamp looks awkward, like it would slip or get in the way.  I see several other systems on Terry's site that clamp the file with a screw and a plate:  from Toko, Kuu, and SVST.

 

Does anyone have good or bad things to say about these, or am I worrying needlessly about the spring clamp?

post #2 of 8

I have the SVST thumbscrew clamp that's made for the edge guide.  It's pretty good.  Rotates occasionally.  You could augment it with a spring clamp, I guess.  I use a spring clamp for my base guide and that works fine, but I didn't think it would be good for the edge guide.

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Spring clamps. Yes, they get in the way, but you'll get used to it. A good spring clamp with a stiff spring will hold the file very securely.

The dedicated thumbscrew plates look slick, but in practice, I don't like them. They tend to limit the angles and positions you can put the file in. But most importantly, when I tune my skis, I go through typically a selection of several files and stones, and the last thing I want to do is to have to unscrew and then retighten a thumbscrew every time I switch stones. With the spring clamp, the switch is virtually instant.

Best regards,
Bob
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Thanks.

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Spring clamps. Yes, they get in the way, but you'll get used to it. A good spring clamp with a stiff spring will hold the file very securely.
The dedicated thumbscrew plates look slick, but in practice, I don't like them. They tend to limit the angles and positions you can put the file in. But most importantly, when I tune my skis, I go through typically a selection of several files and stones, and the last thing I want to do is to have to unscrew and then retighten a thumbscrew every time I switch stones. With the spring clamp, the switch is virtually instant.
Best regards,
Bob


 

post #6 of 8

One basic key to edge work is to let the cutting and polishing tools (files. diamonds or stones) do the cutting, not too much force. I also prefer spring clamps for side edge work because they are quicker swapping and repositioning stones, but tend to like the SVST beveler clamp when I'm doing more file work. It does lock the files for securely and lessen the change for slippage. I also prefer the shorter 4"/100mm carving files than longer ones whether I use the spring clamp or beveler clamp.

 

One advantage of the guides with included clamps is that there are fewer parts to carry around or store. For trips you can secure a cutting tool in the guide and keep them all together.

post #7 of 8

Here's a good visual:

 

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post #8 of 8

Agree, if you are using so much force that a spring clamp is not working, you are applying far too much pressure. 

 

My spring clamp works just fine for edge filing/polishing.   And I dont find any problems with it being 'in the way'.  Its quite easy to have the clamp and your hand in a comfortable position to use.

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