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 spring-loaded ball valves is included with each Podz™ jig which allows you to pre-arrange each jig on your work bench (with the vacuum source operating). These valves minimize the loss of vacuum pressure and keep the jigs in place until the work piece is ready for clamping.
Assembly Time: 10 minutes
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 adapter" option above.
Need a custom sized vacuum jig?
We have all of the parts in stock to make your own vacuum clamping jig.
What is the purpose of the ball valve on each of the Podz™ units?
The ball valves do not hold a perfect vacuum seal but they hold enough vacuum that you can place the Podz™ on your work bench and they wont slide around while you are positioning the work piece on top.
Do I have to use all four Podz™ at the same time?
It depends on the porosity of the clamping material and the amount of clamping force required to hold down the work piece. Generally speaking, routing requires more clamping force than sanding.
How much clamping strength is generated by all four Podz™ together?
At 25" of Hg, the total clamping strength is approximately 345 lbs.
Why doesn't this product include the foot pedal?
The foot pedal is a critical part of controlling the flow of vacuum to the Podz™ system but there are two types of foot pedals (electric and pnuematic). For the Excel™ vacuum press systems, you will need this kit and the electric foot pedal. For the V2™ systems, you will need the full vacuum clamping add-on kit which includes a pnuematic foot pedal and several other items.
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