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    Default Contract Pros Assembly Fixture

    Anyone out there have any experience with the assembly fixture that is sold by Contract pros out of South Dakota for putting boxes together?




    Heres the link to the item: http://www.hivebodies.com/fixture.html

    Was wondering what you thought if you've used or purchased one.

    Does it work?

    Worth your investment?

    Does it work without major adjustments where one can assemble boxes other than those made by contract pros?

    Any other comments on this item or their service !!!!!!!


    Thanks, Honey-4-All

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    Default Re: Contract Pros Assembly Fixture

    Probably a pretty good setup though a bit pricy. Might be more interested in the airless and silent air gun he uses

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    Default Re: Contract Pros Assembly Fixture

    Am I blind, or is the illustrated joint loose?

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    Default Re: Contract Pros Assembly Fixture

    Quote Originally Posted by HVH View Post
    Am I blind, or is the illustrated joint loose?
    Maybe not loose but a poor fit.

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    Default Re: Contract Pros Assembly Fixture

    Looks pretty cool, but seems pricey... Often I find that the box joints need a good amount of persuasion prior to nailing. I wonder how well this device would work when the joints don't just fall together like in the video?

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    Default Re: Contract Pros Assembly Fixture

    Quote Originally Posted by jim lyon View Post
    Might be more interested in the airless and silent air gun he uses
    Please expound!!!!

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    Default Re: Contract Pros Assembly Fixture

    They actually do a good job with fit and finish though he sometimes dosent use the best lumber. They undercut the handles at a pretty sharp angle which works good most of the time but if you dont use the right grip they can hurt your index fingers. Everything is precision cut with a router, the ends are unique in that he dosent continue the rabbit cut that the frames slide in all the way to the end but instead leaves the last 3/4" at full thickness which leaves a much heavier piece of wood to nail or staple through. Well cut, competitive price just wish he was a little more selective of his materials. But the best thing he has going is that nailer in the video.

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    Very Funny. Don't fool me like that!!!
    I wish my nailer silent like that.

    Been in the wood shop to long making frame jig and christmas presents for the kids.

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    Neat device. But why does he have to staple FIVE sides every time the turns the jig? If you notice, he staples FIVE sides turning clock-wise and Five sides turning counter-clock-wise.

    And a hoseless/airless air gun. NICE!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzzybeekeeper View Post
    ... why does he have to staple FIVE sides every time the turns the jig? And a hoseless/airless air gun. NICE!!!
    The reason he nailes all five corners of a square box is because he left his red air hose laying on the floor.
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    Default Re: Contract Pros Assembly Fixture

    Was finally able to talk with the seller about the assembly fixture.

    It has an air brake to hold the "spinner" in position at each turn. (you can see the "foot brake" at the base on both sides.) He mentioned some guys out of Utah had purchased some but no one further west as of yet.

    Anyone in the Midwest or out East have one? Still looking for someone who has experience with one besides the seller.

    I have been borrowing another assembly jig for 20 years as needed. This one should work a little faster than than that option I'm sure. Have enough other projects going currently so $1500 at my door beats burning up a week designing and making one ourselves (parts included to boot). I figure if we put 5k boxes through one during the next two or three years it will pay for itself in time savings. Might even rent it out for $30 a day/ $100 week to help recover the cost if the opportunity arises.

    I like the cordless stapler in the video. Since we've never had one not sure how long the battery will last.

    I also spoke with him about the CNC they use to cut the boxes. I know wood cutting CNC's pretty well and the name he dropped when I asked was one of the top of the line machines when it was made a couple of years back. The rounded cuts should make fitting the boxes together much easier. The tolerances are .001" on the machine.

    Thanks to all you very observant video watchers for pointing out that demo videos need to be "real". Anyone who staples over another staple needs a pair of glasses on. Not that you shouldn't anyways when working with anything that contains flying objects.

    Stay safe.

    Thanks for everyones input so far.

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    Default Re: Contract Pros Assembly Fixture

    It might be one of those new California safety approved staplers. The new type doesn't have any staples and meets all Db requirements by not actually using any compressed gas or battery. The operator simply pushes the trigger repeatedly for hours until the glue dries. Hitachi is leading the pack with these new guns and Paslode is coming out with a newer version without a trigger to reduce operator fatigue. With some of the faster drying glues this new trend will probably take over the industry while completely displacing the old style guns. As usual, California is way out in front when it comes to safety and air quality. Once the price falls below $600.00, I plan on purchasing one for myself.

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    I can make about 80 of my assembly jigs for that, and still hire a guy for a week and a half in winter, and maybe still even have some money for that airless stapler!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Default Re: Contract Pros Assembly Fixture

    IF you are handy with a welding machine and have a scrap box to work out of you can build one a lot cheaper than the price the nice one in the vedio here is a pic of the one I built last winter.

    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...g?t=1292940167
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    Default Re: Contract Pros Assembly Fixture

    I don't see the 1500 dollar value.

    Less than 10 bucks per lever clamp.
    Less than 100 bucks in metal.
    Less than 50 Swivel for a boat seat. ((Or machine one))

    If you need a brake, use a electric magnet for a security door.

    The question is how well will these sell. Time to fire up the miller and make an arc.

    *grins*

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    Less than 10 bucks per lever clamp.
    I want to know where you can find thoes type clamps for 10 bux
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    Quote Originally Posted by honeyman46408 View Post
    I want to know where you can find thoes type clamps for 10 bux

    Merry Christmas....

    http://www.harborfreight.com/catalog...q=toggle+clamp


    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...+clamp&x=0&y=0

    You'd have to modify them slightly, but should be easy enough.

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    Default Re: Contract Pros Assembly Fixture

    Those also make good frame holders for wiring!!!

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    thanks Kevin
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    Default Re: Contract Pros Assembly Fixture

    I like the clamps and all, but it seems much more complicated than you need. I built a jig when I put 300 boxes together a couple of years ago.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesboxjig.htm
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