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Offline Crazyraceguy

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Geckos in action
« on: April 19, 2022, 08:11 PM »
I initially got them to use with routers on the rail. A router bit can move a rail much more easily than a track saw. The saw essentially wants to move in straight line, it just needs a little help. The router does not, it will go wherever it can.
The force of pushing the saw down and forward is usually enough to get the grip-tape working. Though there are exceptions, clamping is not required.
Longer bevels, especially way over to 45 degrees, are not putting as much force downward, plus the force you are giving it is at least partly trying to push the rail off the line. I always clamp, in some way, when cutting bevels. Regular rail clamps or the pistol-grip clamp (I forget the official name) will usually work. This time, the Gecko seemed to be the easy way.
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Offline Peter_C

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Re: Geckos in action
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2022, 09:16 PM »
Gecko's rock for Corian! Melamine and other laminate type materials too. I store mine in a plastic garbage bag so they get as little dust as possible.

Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Geckos in action
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2022, 07:56 PM »
I cut 5 different pieces yesterday and didn't think to take the pic until the last one. I really got them out for the job because 3 of the 5 pieces had angled ends. I could have just used the pistol-grip clamp on the one pictured, but I already had them out and set up.
CSX
DF500 + assortment set
PS420 + Base kit
OF1010
OF1010F
OF1400
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TS55, FS1080, FS1400 holey, FS1900, FS3000
CT26E + Workshop cleaning set
RO90
RO125
ETS EC 125
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ETS 125 (2)
TS75
Shaper Origin/Workstation/Plate
MFT clamps set
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Centrotech organizer set
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Offline mino

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Re: Geckos in action
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2022, 04:50 AM »
Thanks for this.

I just realized there is one more use for the Gecko.

If I can take a thin aluminum plate, extend it on the ends with some ply and make it the length of my MFT so it can be easily end-clamped (I have overhangs) I can fix the rail laterally without any limitation. For shorther pieces I can even make an improvised cross-cut station as can clamp it above scrap pieces that will make is square.

That way the Gecko limitation of not working with ply will not matter and the limitation of the rail clamping will neither. Plus I can use same system as an ad-hoc cross-cut station.

Looks one more GECKO set and a trip to the aluminum seller is on the horizon.
When The Machine has no brains, use yours.

Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Geckos in action
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2022, 08:28 PM »
I would definitely like to see pictures of this after you get it worked out.
CSX
DF500 + assortment set
PS420 + Base kit
OF1010
OF1010F
OF1400
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TS55, FS1080, FS1400 holey, FS1900, FS3000
CT26E + Workshop cleaning set
RO90
RO125
ETS EC 125
RAS115
ETS 125 (2)
TS75
Shaper Origin/Workstation/Plate
MFT clamps set
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Centrotech organizer set
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Offline rst

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Re: Geckos in action
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2022, 06:14 PM »
I use mine for plastics fabrication and used them to enlarge a kitchen stove cutout for a newer unit.

Offline Cheese

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Re: Geckos in action
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2022, 09:35 AM »

If I can take a thin aluminum plate, extend it on the ends with some ply and make it the length of my MFT so it can be easily end-clamped (I have overhangs) I can fix the rail laterally without any limitation.

That way the Gecko limitation of not working with ply will not matter and the limitation of the rail clamping will neither. Plus I can use same system as an ad-hoc cross-cut station.


I've used the Gecko with the stainless plates that I fabricated for the Vac Sys. They have 20 mm dogs attached to the bottom so they won't go anywhere.





« Last Edit: April 24, 2022, 02:39 PM by Cheese »

Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Geckos in action
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2022, 06:38 PM »
Those are really awesome looking Cheese, but what do you actually do with them? Is it so you can move the rail off of the table more? but to what end? The rail needs to be on the same plane as the workpiece for router guides to work. Am I missing something?
CSX
DF500 + assortment set
PS420 + Base kit
OF1010
OF1010F
OF1400
MFK700 (2)
TS55, FS1080, FS1400 holey, FS1900, FS3000
CT26E + Workshop cleaning set
RO90
RO125
ETS EC 125
RAS115
ETS 125 (2)
TS75
Shaper Origin/Workstation/Plate
MFT clamps set
Installers set
Centrotech organizer set
Socket/Ratchet set