The Basement #24: Benchtop Clamping Frames

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by JL7 posted 02-12-2012 02:41 AM 8621 reads 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 23: The Wall - Part 2 Part 24 of The Basement series Part 25: Birdseye Score! »

This is one of those projects that was dreamt up in the middle of the night – I am still gluing up sections of reclaimed bowling alley lane (more of that story to follow) and it is always tricky to keep things straight and flat.

The first rev this morning yielded this….some Maple flooring scraps cut up to give an elevated clamping surface with minimal contact to the clamped boards. The tongue on the flooring was a natural…...just add some wax to keep the glue at bay:

Then it occurred to me that having some clamps at the ready would help shave some presious seconds off the glue up time so added the clamp holders:

To make the clamp holders, just clamped them all together to cut the slot on the TS:

The clamps are just below the height of the tongue:

A couple shots in action:

And a final shot:

Wished I’d done something like this sooner – they work pretty good…......will post some of the results of this soon…...

Thanks for looking.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

10 comments so far

View Dave's profile


11429 posts in 2869 days

#1 posted 02-12-2012 02:54 AM

Totally an ingenious way to use those scraps. This would be great for those clamps I have that have a poor foot. Great stuff Jeff.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

View ShaneA's profile


6956 posts in 2627 days

#2 posted 02-12-2012 03:05 AM

Nice idea, should make glue ups a little easier, which is always nice. I see the bench looking good too.

View JL7's profile


8667 posts in 2994 days

#3 posted 02-12-2012 03:15 AM

Hey Dave and Shane – thanks for the comments…..I did 3 glue ups today and even tho they turned out pretty good – they still weren’t just right….....I’m still a newbie at this woodworking stuff, but have done quite a few glue ups…...but each one still has some challenges…...

I did an eight footer today, using little chunks of bowling lane…...this was the main inspiration for the frames…...and it turned out better than would have otherwise…..

Thanks again.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

View BritBoxmaker's profile


4611 posts in 3065 days

#4 posted 02-12-2012 10:30 AM

Good idea, Jeff.

Glue-ups can be fraught, even for the most experienced.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

View SPalm's profile


5320 posts in 3911 days

#5 posted 02-12-2012 11:34 AM

Very nice Jeff.
Man your are putting together a really nice shop.

Just love watching this all come together.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View JL7's profile


8667 posts in 2994 days

#6 posted 02-12-2012 01:46 PM

Hey Martyn and Steve – appreciate the comments!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

View SASmith               's profile


1850 posts in 3016 days

#7 posted 02-12-2012 04:58 PM

Clever solution.
Anything that makes a glue up quicker/easier is a plus.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

View cannondale's profile


54 posts in 3092 days

#8 posted 02-12-2012 05:10 PM

Great idea! I think I can use this. Thanks P.S Nice work bench !!!!

View JL7's profile


8667 posts in 2994 days

#9 posted 02-12-2012 08:06 PM

Scott and Greg – really appreciate it! Greg, the bench project keeps getting put on hold, but it will be finished someday! Thanks…..


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

View DIYaholic's profile


19623 posts in 2704 days

#10 posted 02-12-2012 10:14 PM

So, what you are saying is: The “Bench” has been benched!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics