I'm looking for advice on how to hold down curved casings and sashes on a console arm table. The pieces we'll be running are 1.562" wide. Our narrowest vacuum pods are too wide to use on this width piece. We have mechanical clamps, but are limited as far as positioning due to the relatively short y axis, not to mention the fact that the tool would hit the clamp, which would force us to clamp outside, route inside, then move clamps to inside, route outside. A dedicated spoilboard becomes an issue also, since we will be running many different radii and ellipticals. Has anyone dealt with these issues?
From contributor T:
You have a few options. One is to use the clamps and move them in or out as you have already mentioned. Another is to machine it out of a larger piece of material and then cut it loose as a final operation.
Then we band saw the waste away. After that we can either flush the excess left from bandsawing on the shaper, or sand the extra thickness away in the Timesaver, depending upon the moulding being made. Fast, efficient and accurate.