Vacuum Clamping

Clamps in the way of your routing? Here's how you can use atmospheric pressure to displace those clamps and clear a path for your router.

Vacuum Clamp Routing Template

Vacuum plates

5-board bench leg template^*

Porch-railing splat template

Push block

Powerful vacuum clamps can secure your work to a bench or a template to the work. Each is custom-made using common woodworking materials, vacuum tape, and a vacuum fitting.

valve to the jig. And to "power" the vacuum-producing device, you have to have an air compressor. Quite frankly, I don't think you can justify the outlay ncccssary for both the vacuum system and an air compressor strictly on the basis of its clamping capabilities unless you are a pro. But if you already have an air compressor, you should look closely at the clamping devices shown in the following pages and seriously consider investing in the necessary vacuum-producing equipment.

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