How to safely hold stock for routing


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I frequently use back-to- back straight edge clamps, or vacuum chucks for this. There are several manufacturers but here is a link to one of them

For vacuum clamping

Your choice will depend on what you are clamping, but both methods are very strong, if they fit the use.



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You can drill some dog holes on your workbench and use something like the Veritas Surface vise. I made my own version long ago:

I guess you could make an attachment to avoid damaging your dovetails.

I made it for hand tool usage which requires more holding power than power tool usage, and it worked out ok.  I still use it from time to time.

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