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Old 01-23-2009, 11:15 AM
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Default Wilton Power Arm...ideas To Hold Wood Down?

i have a wilton power arm, i want to start carving some large driftwood pieces using the arm to hold them down. does any body else use this power arm, and have any ideas on holding or attaching the wood to the power arm while carving? or, maybe you do not have a power arm and have a different method? i am open to all ideas, thank you!!!
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:32 AM
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Default Re: Wilton Power Arm...ideas To Hold Wood Down?

I have an old Wilton Power Arm with a small Wilton gunsmith vise attached, a very heavy duty tool.

The Wilton normally has a shaft with round platform for attaching objects. Most carvers will us a sub plate of wood and then attach the carving with wood screws.

Here is the Wilton T-Bracket

- T-BRACKET FOR WILTON POWER ARM #508102

- POW-R-ARM POSITIONER WITH T-BRACKET #508101

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Default Re: Wilton Power Arm...ideas To Hold Wood Down?

Large pieces? Define large.. For a ten or fifteen pound piece of wood, you can add to the surface with larger pieces of wood as was suggested...If you mess up and the piece has weight, you will snap the aluminum part of the hold down bolted to the Power Arm.Large pieces of wood, a table ,old rugs and those belts that have a rachet tightener..Cordially Nad
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Default Re: Wilton Power Arm...ideas To Hold Wood Down?

Nad,

My old Wilton has no aluminum part,,,,all steel.

The close friend who gave me a Wilton vise/arm was a Police Department gunsmith. He changed pistol barrels by clamping it in the vise and twisting off the frame with a long bar.

The old timer still works like new.

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Default Re: Wilton Power Arm...ideas To Hold Wood Down?

I have the following device and while I cannot vouch for how big a project it will hold I suspect that the only limitation for weight might be if the table can handle the weight.
I have found it to be extremely useful and the set with two balls costs $137 including S&H.

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Default Re: Wilton Power Arm...ideas To Hold Wood Down?

I use the Jerryrig vise. The weight limit on it would be about the same as ragiarn. The price on one is high, though. I was lucky enough to get one on sell with Chipping Away when they were clearing them out.
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