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How To Make Shop Built Wooden Clamps

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Blog entry by AlexHarris posted 03-20-2011 11:56 PM 5686 reads 21 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A video showing how to make some really good wooden bar clamps.

End your clamp shortage now! Build some clamps which only cost a few pounds to make and could be better than clamps you can buy.

These clamps don’t mark the wood or stain from glue.

-- Alex - http://www.thiswoodwork.com



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#1 posted 03-21-2011 12:44 AM

Nice video! Youve got a knack for it. Keep it up.

-- http://www.furstwoodworks.com/

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#2 posted 03-21-2011 12:46 AM

good video and and good ideas. keep up the work

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#3 posted 03-21-2011 12:47 AM

thank´s for sharing the idea Alex
and it is a very well made vidio :-)
one small thing and I don´t know if its in my end
but the amplifiring of your voice swing up and down
so I had some trouble hearing what you said

I like you tinking of the safty but next time use a fence and fetherboards together with a pushstick
on your router …. please

and make the other clampvidio too …. you have a good way to show a how to

thank´s for taking your time to do it

take care
Dennis

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#4 posted 03-21-2011 12:50 AM

@Dennisgrosen
Thanks for watching dennis, i will check out the audio, i am aware of one point where it went relly quiet which I am unable to rectify.

-- Alex - http://www.thiswoodwork.com

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#5 posted 03-21-2011 12:59 AM

Very nice video, well presented apart from the sound hitch as Dennis mentioned, but no big deal. I look forward to your next one.
Pete.

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#6 posted 03-21-2011 01:25 AM

You’ve definately got skills. I must add my cautions to Dennis, the router table segment had me cringing. You definately want to be able to count to ten!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#7 posted 03-21-2011 02:02 AM

Now that you have some nice wooden clamps, you can use them to hold the small pieces when working on the router. Nice big pieces to hold onto and fingers far away from spinning cutters. Make up some special ones for just that purpose.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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#8 posted 03-21-2011 02:44 AM

TeenWoodworker well done.
Abart from agreeing with Denis about sound and safety, i found it well made and informative.
If you made some in different sizes and added a top bar you would have some sturdy panell clamps.
The addition of a top bar preventing bowing and keeping edges from moving.

-- To finish something you must first start!

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#9 posted 03-21-2011 02:57 AM

Thanks for posting! I guess it takes the young dogs to old dogs new tricks!

I enjoyed your presentation skills and look forward seeing more of your videos and projects.

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#10 posted 03-21-2011 04:16 AM

I wish I had a set of tools like that when I was your age! Thanks for sharing.

I’m definitely going to be using the captive nut trick. I’ve struggled for a long time trying to figure out how to use a thread rod to “push” something without it turning.

c

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#11 posted 03-21-2011 07:08 AM

Well done. I’ll give it a try. Thanks for the post.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#12 posted 03-21-2011 08:59 AM

That is a good design. Certainly a step above the wedgies ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 03-21-2011 03:27 PM

Enjoyed the video thanks for sharing. good job on the clamps too.

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#14 posted 03-21-2011 03:59 PM

Small idea, which you can use the next time.

Run a nut on the rod before you cut it. After you file the new cut edge, remove the nut from the rod through the new end. It acts like a soft die to smooth out the threads so you can apply the parts as you show. Even after filing smooth, the leading thread is sometimes pretty mangled after cutting.

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#15 posted 03-21-2011 04:50 PM

Great video! I can’t wait to see your future videos. Welcome to the site.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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