Set-Up Stick w/ Tippy Clamps™
(aka Lock-Jaw Track System)
Lock-Jaw Track System™ is a patent-pending clamping system made to reduce costs, increase productivity and take the headache out of set-ups and limited clamping—in both the metal- and wood-working worlds. It is the clamp that every machinist has been waiting for.
--Save money by means of using one adjustable clamping system for multiple jobs.
--Reduce set-up times by using one fixture for different jobs, keeping the proven offsets or adjusting by dependable increments.
--Reduce waste and increase space by limiting number of fixtures needed.
--Increase productivity by easy clamp/unclamp design and by saving on set-up time.
--For use on vertical, horizontal, or 5-axis machines--or on the benchtop.
--Mount anywhere, on any surface, by simply using 8-32 screws (metal surface) or #8 wood screws (wood surface).
--For use with CNC, Manual, or Handheld applications.
Lock-Jaw Track System™ is a clamping system which is comprised of three main parts: A Track, a Stop, and a Clamp.
The Track—made of machined 1018 steel—has a chuck-jaw-like serrated top on which the Stop moves and is fastened. ¼-20 tapped holes run the length of the Stick for both fastening the Stop and engaging the Clamp. 0.2500” holes are two inches from either end of the Stick for locating pins (if desired).
The Stop—made of machined 1018 steel (hardened to 40 RC)—has a serrated clamping surface for a strong grip and a toothed bottom for consistent 0.2500” movements along the Stick’s toothed surface. It has “legs” which dip into the Stick’s middle slot for strength, and it sits a short 0.125” above the surface. To fasten the Stop to the Stick, simply engage the included 1/4-20 button head cap screw through the Stop and into one of the tapped holes.
The Clamp tips into engagement by means of its set screw backing and the its beveled screw-engagement surface, forcing a forward and downward grip that is hard to match. Since the Clamp sits on an underlying O-ring, it travels with the screw, in a forward and downward motion—and upward and away when backed out. The Clamp is also made of machined 1018 steel (hardened to 40 RC).
Mounting the SU Stick couldn't be easier.
Mounting on Metal: Simply drill and tap 10-32 holes in a fixture or table top one-inch apart, and fasten the Stick with taper headed screws (for accurate, repeatable locating: the 82-degree of the screw head mates with the 82-degree chamfer, allowing virtually identical placement and repeatability).
Mounting on Wood: Simply screw in #10 wood screws.
(If additional mounting strength is desired, employ locating pins on the fixture or table top, and mount the Stick on the pins.)
The Track can be mounted below the fixture/table-top surface so that only the Stop and Clamp are peaking above the fixture/table-top surface, creating a fully solid background for the work-piece--and a clutter-free, unobstructed table top.