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Old 02-01-2016, 10:08 PM
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One of my former clients contacted me about making a gate for his wife for a Christmas gift. After a bit of discussion and measuring, I got to work.

They wanted an arch-top gate, which is easy enough, using the SSRK to make the arch; but, they wanted a cut-out in the top portion, which wouldn't be structurally possible without a bit of back-side back-up. (Pics 1 & 2)

Pic three shows a piece of cedar laid out, w/the first pass of the SSRK. Pic 4 shows the final piece coming into shape. The piece is for the curved back-up, shown in pic two. Using the SSRK to make arches is fun, super simple, and accurate.

Once the curved back-up piece was made, I needed to divide it lengthwise into two pieces. I don't have a bandsaw, so I 'improvised'. By clamping the piece to the side of my PBB and clamping a piece of track to the top of the PBB, I was able to make a cut, reposition the piece, make another cut, etc., flip the piece, repeat the process till all I needed to do was minimal handsawing to finish separating the pieces. A light pass thru the planer; bit of sanding; roundover around the edges; screw it in place on the gate.

Clients were happy, and I had fun making it (well..... the monetary remuneration was nice also...... )
Rick
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Old 02-01-2016, 11:14 PM
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nice work, Rick.
Looks great.

Marty
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Old 02-01-2016, 11:49 PM
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nice work, Rick.
Looks great.

Marty
Thanks, Marty. I enjoy these kinds of projects- fun to do.
Rick
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Old 02-02-2016, 06:12 PM
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Yes, very nice. And what a cool circle jig. I want one!

I think it's great that EZ sells parts and pieces and encourages innovation. Yet, it seems that they aren't as proactive about this as they used to be.

It's a missed opportunity for everyone.
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Old 02-02-2016, 07:34 PM
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Yes, very nice. And what a cool circle jig. I want one!

I think it's great that EZ sells parts and pieces and encourages innovation. Yet, it seems that they aren't as proactive about this as they used to be.

It's a missed opportunity for everyone.
If you have an SSRK, you have the jig. In the pic, you can see that I've drilled a 1/4" indexing hole in the main sliding portion of the SSRK. The white HDPE plastic on the PBB holds the indexing pin. From there, it's just a matter of layout and rout. Being able to slide the indexing pin along the sides of my PBB helps tremendously for being able to quickly change a radius.
Rick
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Old 02-02-2016, 10:12 PM
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Thanks! That last pick really helped. What really appeals to me is the stability of the guide rail and the potential size of the arc. I think I'll try setting this up to do the backs of some park benches I have coming up. It can't be harder than all the shaping and sanding I normally do after a rough cut with the jig saw or band saw.
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Old 02-02-2016, 10:46 PM
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Thanks! That last pick really helped. What really appeals to me is the stability of the guide rail and the potential size of the arc. I think I'll try setting this up to do the backs of some park benches I have coming up. It can't be harder than all the shaping and sanding I normally do after a rough cut with the jig saw or band saw.
We'd all love to see pics of the project..... hint-hint......
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