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Low Bucks Magnetic Clamping System

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I don't know how applicable this would be to building vehicle models, but for dioramas and especially structures, it's handier than a pocket on a shirt.

You can buy various clamping systems from places like Micromark, but they're way spendy and besides, where's the fun in buying something you can make?

Grab a bunch of 10mm round neodymium magnets from Amazon and a few pieces of bed angle cut to various lengths.

Drill some 5/16ths holes in the angle, deburr them and press the magnets into the holes.

Swipe a cookie sheet from the Cook's stash (you might want to buy her some nice new ones by way of obtaining forgiveness...) et voila', magnetic clamping system for a couple of bucks!

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Looks like a useful tool.  I took the opposite approach with mine.  I bought a sheet of 20" square sheet of adhesive backed magnetic pad(think refrigerator magnet material) and stuck it to a piece of 3/4" high quality ply wood(MDF would also work) and use that.  This way my steel machinists squares will stick to it.

  I bought the thickest material with the strongest pull.  It works very well.   By the way, once the material is on the plywood, I ran it through a table saw to make a smaller one and to square up the edges.  

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