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The work is held on gasketed cells, each with a ball valve in the middle. Each spring-loaded valve is normally closed, but the weight of a piece of wood opens itThus only the cells under your work are under vacuum pressure.

The fixture holds very tightly, so you can do hand planing or belt sanding without slipping. If your bench isn't flat, attach a flat mounting board.

The work is held on gasketed cells, each with a ball valve in the middle. Each spring-loaded valve is normally closed, but the weight of a piece of wood opens itThus only the cells under your work are under vacuum pressure.

The fixture holds very tightly, so you can do hand planing or belt sanding without slipping. If your bench isn't flat, attach a flat mounting board.

bench isn't flat, make up a mounting board. Your workpiece must also be flat, and can't be rough sawn. Your workpiece must also cover one or more cells. The smallest cell is 2-1/2 by 4 in., so even the smallest of pieces will cover a cell.

I used the MiniMach to rigidly hold workpieces for planing, belt sanding, and routing. Even template routing worked with no slipping. I used pieces as small as 3 by 4 in. and as large as 48 by 48 in. When working on pieces larger than the MiniMach itself (13 by 24 in.), though, you need to provide a spacer on the bench to help support the end. Solid wood and manufactured materials were held equally well, as long as the material was flat

The MiniMach requires the high static pressure found in shop vacuums, and will not work with a dust collector The manufacturer recommends a vacuum with a 1.5 hp or greater motor. The tapered adapter fits hoses with an internal diameter of 1 to 1-3/8 in. Vents in the adapter prevent the shop vacuum from being completely choked off. This is necessary so your vacuum won't overheat. Even with the vents, the manufacturer recommends you use the device in 30-mmute stretches, allowing the vacuum to cool off for 10 minutes between uses.

Don't own a shop vacuum? Another way you can create a suitable vacuum for the MiniMach is by using a venturi or rotary-vane pump. The engineers at Carter can help you with the specs to set these up.

One drawback to the MiniMach is having to listen to your shop vacuum. 11 you're routing, you're probably wearing hearing protection already. But if lYn hand planing, the last thing I want is the noise of my power tools.

As you work with the MiniMach, be careful with the gaskets. If they tear, you won't have the seal you need. Replacement gasket material is provided in case you need to make a patch /W

Longer pieces require a support block to prevent twisting off the workpiece.

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