Fresh Start #2: Clamps

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Blog entry by Ed_Wilcox posted 09-23-2013 11:15 PM 1674 reads 6 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Beginning with a Bench Part 2 of Fresh Start series Part 3: Workbench/Saw Bench Basic Concept »

Why buy it when you can build it? That’s my motto.

Every woodworker is going to need clamps. I knew I would need some for my bench… especially when gluing up the top. Speed clamps and pipe clamps are great if you can afford them, but everywhere I read I see you can’t have too many clamps…

Well until Angelina Jolie decides to adopt me too, I’m going to have to do it another way.

I found an article in an old Popular Mechanics magazine showing how to build your own, so I borrowed from it and added a little of my own and came up with this.

The concept is simple. Using pieces of a 2×4 and a couple dowels, you can make a clamp that should hold just about anything. I wanted a simple design that could be adjusted to fit the project size – like pipe clamps – so I designed the end pieces to be removable. I figured by making at least 4 sets of end pieces, I could then have just about any length I would need by cutting a few center pieces to standard lengths, and then drop them into the end pieces as needed. The ends are held in place when clamping by the third, upper dowel.

The wedge end has the same measurements as its opposite with the additional 8 deg. bevel.

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#1 posted 09-24-2013 01:17 AM

Now there’s a Shop Project worthy of construction time.

I’ll be borrowing this if you don’t mind.

Thanks for Sharing.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 09-24-2013 01:57 AM

Sure thing Grandpa Len. I have the sketch up files if you would like to see them… I’m assuming that you mean the bench. They are a bit cluttered but they are complete enough to get the job done. I am researching jointing. I want to use as much tenon, wedge, and dowels as possible. So some of that appears in the drawings.

Thanks for posting. I hope to learn as much from others as I offer… if not more.

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#3 posted 09-24-2013 08:47 AM

Looks very serviceable. You are doing your homework well.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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