Podz are simple vacuum jigs designed to affordably clamp projects to your bench top. Using the power of your vacuum press and clamping system, the Podz 26-piece kit allows you to configure the clamping jigs any way you choose to clamp projects as small as 4" x 4" and as large as 5' x 4'. Purchase additional Podz kits and you can expand the project size to panels of any size!
With the Podz system, you can vacuum clamp work pieces to your bench top for routing, sanding, trimming, sawing, carving, dovetailing, staining, planing, scraping, and more.
Each Podz clamping jig is made from high density polyethylene and is pre-drilled and pre-tapped. Assembly is quick and simple. Use one Podz jig for small work or link multiple Podz together for larger panels.
A set of four Mach valves is included with each Podz jig which allows you to pre-arrange each jig on your work bench (with the vacuum source operating). The valve minimize the loss of vacuum pressure and keep the valves in place until you set your work piece onto the jigs.
Assembly Time: 10 minutes
Complete assembly instructions are available here.
To use the Podz jigs, you will need a vacuum press and a foot-operated vacuum clamping unit. For EVS and V2 vacuum press systems, the vacuum clamping add-on is required to control the flow of pressure from the vacuum reservoirs. If you own an Excel 1 or Excel 5 vacuum press system, you will only need an electric foot-pedal switch to control the vacuum pump system.
Notes from Joe:
Select the appropriate end fitting based on your vacuum press.
- If you have the pnuematic foot pedal assembly for the V2 or EVS vacuum press
systems, select the "barb union" option above.
- If you have either of the Excel systems, select the "tube adaptor" option above.
Review by Dwayne C
I have struggled trying to clamp boards on my ornamental mill. The Podz do a great job holding my stock. Before I would lose 1 out of every 10 pieces. After using these clamps for 2 days I feel confident that I will not lose any pieces in the future making my job more efficient and profitable. They have already payed for themselves. I use these with my V2 auto-cycling vacuum press kit that I purchased here, another great product. Keep up the good work Joe.
Review by Lucas Brown
I was skeptical when I decided to purchase these. I worked as a CNC operator in a large cabinet and millwork shop for a few years and we always had trouble holding down parts for machining, even with a huge $6500 vacuum pump. So I didn't really believe that my tiny (Excel 1) vacuum pump would have that kind of holding power. I couldn't believe how well these things work! They hold as well, if not better than our huge pump with the Nemi pods. I wish I would have bought them years ago. Well worth the money. Buy these now!
Review by Jim Arnott
My vacuum press system from Joe Woodworker has been in frequent use for nearly two years. All along I kept wishing there was a way to use it for clamping. A couple of weeks ago, I was surfing this website and saw the Podz kit and ordered it right away.
As always, the kit arrived very promptly. It took only a few minutes to assemble and shortly thereafter, I was using it on my work bench to hold down a table table while routing.
I cant say enough good things about the Podz clamps. It works as described and even better. I cant wait to take this to my weekend warriors club to show it off!!!
Review by PJ Ballard
I worked in a mid-size cabinet shop for a decade and we had a system similar to this one. The darn thing worked well but the individual pucks were super expensive and our CNC router would ocassionally cut into one. The boss would go nuts because they were a bit more high-tech (unnecessarily so). I'd venture a guess he was paying $50 per puck.
I was so delighted to find this vacuum puck system for my own shop. To think the whole system is under $70... well what more could you ask for? Of course, you already need a vacuum pump and a way to shut it off. I have a vacuum press system from a woodworking dealer here in California and it was no problem at all to get it to work with this clamping system.
Does it work? Hell yes! I can just imagine myself doing one of those old "Crazy Glue" commericials... hanging myself over a canyon supported only by a vacuum clamped board. Ha!
Everything else about my order is fine. Shipping prices were ok and it took about a week to get here. I had a tracking number so it was easy to follow the package. The instructions are clear and simple. This is a nice addition to my daily-use tool collection.
Review by Wendell H. Smith Jr.
It's amazing how something so simple could work so well. The HDPE parts are nicely made and they are just the right size to work with any configuration that I could think of. I have an older V2 vacuum press and clamping option that I bought from Joewoodworker and this jig system is the icing on the cake.
My work bench was not porous so I had some trouble with getting the clamps to get full sucking power. So I put down a coat of polyurethane on my bench and wow what a difference that made. Now I am pulling the full vacuum on my project and the clamping is so strong that it would take an mule team to pull a project off the jigs.
Review by Eric K.
I used Podz with my Excel 1 vacuum system and I thought it might be a bit under-powered. Surprise! It still works perfectly. It clamps down my project in a matter of 2 to 3 seconds. I cant begin to explain how satidfied I am with this set up. For the money, you just cant beat it.
Review by Doug "Grouch" Murphy
Oh how I love simple things. The jigs are wonderful. I use them mostly for sanding and its wonderful to have full access to the project while sanding. No more rata-tat-tat of the project bouncing around on my workbench. No more holding my boards with a death grip to keep them from spinning out from the random orbit sander. For these two reasons alone I'm a better (and less grouchy) woodworker. Thanks to Joe for the great support, fast shipping, excellent product, great prices, etc, etc. I could go on and on!
Review by Kevin Hall
My projects run the gammut from small to large and simple to complex. Clamping is never difficult but my bench clamps do seem to get in the way sometimes. What I like about these vacuum clamps is that they stay under the project so you can route all the way around the board without stopping and having to remove a bench clamp. The vacuum pressure is astonishingly strong (even from my little pump) and the grip is more than adequate. For what it does at this price, you cant complain. My kit arrived on schedule it certainly meets my needs. I highly recommend it if you have a vacuum source and a controller.
Review by Ray Sullivan
These things are great. I use them in a production shop and we just screwed them directly onto our work bench top since they never need to be moved.
They work perfectly and I have to thank Joe for putting them in my hands. He sent me his very first Podz kit for testing and its been a perfect solution for my door assembly process.