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03-04-2011, 08:53 PM #1

Finger Plate
Join Date: Sep 2009 One of the most gratifying tasks we modelers can undertake, is the construction of our own
Posts: 19 least this is my personal way of seeing things....
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Posts A long caressed project from way back then, was the design & building of a finger plate....I
just made the decision of making one for my use....since I used one of a friend of mine, I now
wonder how I did without it....

I made a thorough search in the web, not finding much, but what little I learned I added to my
personal here we go....
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I started with the base, which I produced from a discarded PC aluminium heat sink, from This is my flame eater !
which I hacksawed the fins and made a long and boring flycutting sesion....
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Here it is, finally sanded and polished....the four sides are at exact 90 from each other so it Interrupt Driven Rotary Table controller
can be used in my milling table and in the miniature table saw....
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Notice that the upper face of the base has 3 milled "V" ways for holding different size round
material...also there are 8 threaded holes which are mighty useful for holding the most used
screws or bolts I mostly use in my models....these are from the smaller up....1.2 mm, 1.4
mm, 1.7 mm, 2 mm, 3 mm, 4 mm, 5 mm and 6 mm.

The bottom face of the base....

If you should want to use the finger plate on the vise, a screwed bar was devised which is
applied via countersunk brass screws from below...
The pillar, made from BMS and threaded M6, the lower threaded portion is made in such a
way that you can fix it to the base with just finger pressure....I intend to make a wooden box
in a time to come to keep the whole safe & sound.... so the pillar must be removable...

...besides I love making special wooden boxes!!!!...

The pillar in place on the base...................

The clamp, made from 4 mm thick brass.......the lower ends are slightly angled so they can
rest parallel to the base when in use....
The clamping knob & the special washer.............

The special washer that goes under the clamping knob, is rounded on the undernath so that it
gives good grabbing power at any angle......
The adjuster screw...........Made from an M 4 bolt, with a heavily knurled brass knob, has the
added finesse of using an acrylic point so as not to marr the plate's surface when tightening
Here's an image of the threaded holes being occupied with an example of each bolt of different

In a next post, I'll show the finger plate assembled and in use............

Thanks for looking.........

03-04-2011, 09:07 PM #2

Re: Finger Plate

Very nice Mario, I've made a couple of these in the past, but pretty crude ones
compared to this!


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03-04-2011, 11:13 PM #3

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Join Date: Nov 2009 That is a very handy looking item indeed. I'm looking forward to seeing more about it's
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03-05-2011, 12:48 AM #4

Re: Finger Plate

Join Date: Aug 2009 Nice, Mario. A lot better than mine. Useful things, finger plates.
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03-05-2011, 07:07 PM #5

Re: Finger Plate

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Hi Mario,
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Liked 55 Times on 54 Posts Looks nice and I am curious to see what it will be used for, I have never heard of this
device before.....

Regards Jeroen

03-30-2011, 04:57 PM #6

Re: Finger Plate

Join Date: Sep 2009 Hi boys!
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Liked 14 Times on 14 The finger plate is finished and a special box was made to keep it safe & sound......

The parts of the ensemble, including a special screwdriver to screw in the special base for
using it in the vise....

The finger plate assembled showing some of its infinite uses.....

A brass bar in one of the "V" ways, ready to be crossdrilled....

The same brass bar in one of the corner "V" ways, ready to be filed or rectified via a grinder....
A small hinge to be filed......the clamping action of the finger plate is really powerful, when it
The finished box with all its inlettings.....

The box with its contents....

The closed the way, the box was made entirely in 3 mm thick plywood....
Another homemade tool for the collection............



03-30-2011, 05:22 PM #7

Re: Finger Plate

Join Date: Nov 2009 Hi Mario,
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Very nice work on the whole project. I know of at least one person who will be making
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts one of these in the near future. I'm betting there will be others.
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03-30-2011, 07:12 PM #8

Re: Finger Plate


A super job both on the Finger Plate and accessories as well as the lovely case that will
house it and keep all of its components together so that they are available when you
want to use it. Thanks for showing it to us. I am sure that it will end up on many to-do
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03-30-2011, 08:25 PM #9

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This is great Mario! Suburb build (as usual) and love the box you made. Thats really
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Liked 55 Times on 54 Posts Looking forward to see more from your work and for sure I will build one of these too!

Thanks for showing and sharing.

Regards Jeroen

03-25-2012, 02:31 AM #10

Re: Finger Plate

Join Date: Mar 2012 OK - I'm just going to quit, now, and wade into the river.... I'll never be worthy.
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Mario - that's a stellar piece of work. Not just the, well, 'making' of it, but the overall
design, conception, thought, detail, finish -- hell, the BOX! OH - and the consideration
and quality of your effort photographing, describing, and posting it for all of us!

(Uhhh, where're the detailed measured drawings and parts list and free kit offer...?

I bow to you, sir. You've made my day, just knowing there're craftsmen out there
making objects that Aristotle would've said: "now that's (some Greek philosophy word
meaning some kind of unattainable thing like 'quality')..."

Cheers, Andrew

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