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Woodworking as Therapy #2: Need some help coming up with a solution

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 11-05-2011 02:39 AM 5096 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: What's old again is new again Part 2 of Woodworking as Therapy series Part 3: learning how much I've forgotten! »

Well – I managed to spend about an hour this week in the shop. Not bad considering my work schedule.

I’m trying to set up my drum sander to sand down my cutting boards but I’m finding I have an issue with the clamp that holds the end of the paper. I’ve never been able to squeeze the clamp by hand – I had to use pliers to open the mouth of the clamp. Now my hands are such that trying to do it makes them spasm – I need to avoid that.

I’ve tried using a small C-clamp to hold the drum’s clamp open enough to slip the paper in – but that did not work well at all. Of course then once I get the paper in and roll it around the drum – I have to have a solution for holding the drum clamp on the other end open while holding the paper. Sooooo any suggestions on a solution?

I’ve made small progress on my serving tray also. I managed to clean the edges of my boards and cut to size the sides. I’ve also picked out the boards for the bottom. It’s hard to see in the picture, but I was able to move the boards around enough and managed to get three pieces that once glued together will look like it came from the same board – the curls match perfectly. The picture just does not do it justice – but here it is anyway.

The little spot you see is just on the surface and it will be taken off as I skinny up the boards to 5/16#.

My plan is to glue the bottom pieces together this weekend and maybe get some of the side cuts done.

Sure feels good to get back out there. I did notice one thing—- it’s been months since I’ve really done anything in the shop——but it’s dirty and a mess – how could it get like that if I’ve not been out there? Must be a ghost out there. :-)

Until next time.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine



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lew

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#1 posted 11-05-2011 02:45 AM

Back in the shop!! So good to hear that!

Could you post a pic of the clamp that holds the paper. Might give me an idea of what you are working with.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-05-2011 02:59 AM

I don’t have a drum sander so don’t know exactly how that clamp looks or works, but from your description I can feel you pain. would something like this work?

they come in different sizes and can be found at pretty large sizes as well… quick and easy and hold things really well (generally speaking of course)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Betsy

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#3 posted 11-05-2011 03:09 AM

thanks guys. Never thought of binder clips – I’ll have to give that a try.

Lew here is a picture of what the clamp looks like (yep – it’s really in need of a dusting).

I wonder – how far does those binder clips open?

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 11-05-2011 03:12 AM

Betsy as for the shop mess after you not going out for so long – I think that there is a night shift that uses my shop. Dust seem to find it’s way down from the rafters after I leave :-)). I guess it’s all the stuff floating around when you quit for the day – and I have an air filtration system in the rafters.

Glad to see you plugging away again – the challenge and satisfaction you get will work wonders for you, as it does for all of us.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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cajunpen

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#5 posted 11-05-2011 03:13 AM

My 16/32 Jet sander has a little tool that came with it for opening that clamp hold down – it is a bit of a pain though.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#6 posted 11-05-2011 03:18 AM

Sometimes, when boredom strikes with making projects or what not, I find the most satisfaction out of cleaning the shop and making everything look perfect, everything straight, not a crumb of wood on the floor, everything spit shined and polished. Then sometimes in the middle of doing that I will get inspired to make something else and never actually get to clean the entire shop.

Or sometimes, getting frustrated with a piece of work, put everything down and just work on cleaning the shop and going over the piece that is being worked on in my mind, the tools that are being used on it, and the technique being used with the tool on the piece, so I can better perform what it is that needs to be done, when it is all put into practise and am calm, cool, and collected.

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lew

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#7 posted 11-05-2011 05:14 AM

You might be able to engineer a lever type device that could hook over the spring loaded part of the clamp. The length of the “handle” would determine the amount of leverage you could obtain.
I might have the drawing backwards. Not sure which part of the pictured clamp gets moved to insert the sand paper.
You could probably make it from a piece of wood and an “L” shaped bolt.
Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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HerbC

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#8 posted 11-05-2011 05:25 AM

Betsy,

I believe the mysteriously appearing sawdust is a product of the legendary Sawdust Elves, who are close relatives to the Wire Coat Hanger Elves and the Dust Bunny Elves. All the nocturnal sneaks do their work when you’re asleep and leave the debris behind as proof they’ve been there.

I think Lew’s probably got the winning plan. You might be able to make it out of wood or perhaps you’ll need to go with metal…

Keep on keeping on. Before you know it you’ll be up to your navel in sawdust that YOU have created…

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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Betsy

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#9 posted 11-05-2011 06:11 AM

Thanks Lew, I would not have thought of that. Will give it a shot.

Cody – I’ve always been adverse to cleaning as therapy – it just seems wrong on many levels. :-). I do seriously need to get out there and at least straighten things up a bit. Herb’s Sawdust Bunnies have been working in collaboration with the “just put it in the garage for now bunny” and they’ve been doing a pretty good job of things.

I’ll let you know how the lever idea works out.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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CodyJames

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#10 posted 11-05-2011 12:12 PM

LOL!!! Yeh it’s one of those weird things, I never FEEL like cleaning, but, it’s something to take me away from my momentary frustrations. The funny thing about a shop is.. You can ALWAYS clean the shop.

Sudden suprise projects that the wife needs done come up?? OHh I need to clean the shop!

Wifes having friends over for “women folk time”? Time to clean the shop!

Inlaws coming to town?? Ohh! I need to take apart the whole shop and clean it!

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Betsy

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#11 posted 11-05-2011 11:42 PM

Cody – now that’s funny! I’ll have to keep that in mind next time someone wants me to do something I don’t really want to do.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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