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The Basement #24: Benchtop Clamping Frames

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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

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.



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Dave

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#1 posted 894 days ago

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." http://chiselandforge.com

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ShaneA

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#2 posted 894 days ago

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

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JL7

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#3 posted 894 days ago

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

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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BritBoxmaker

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#4 posted 894 days ago

Good idea, Jeff.

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

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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SPalm

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#5 posted 894 days ago

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

Just love watching this all come together.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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JL7

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#6 posted 894 days ago

Hey Martyn and Steve – appreciate the comments!

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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SASmith

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#7 posted 893 days ago

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

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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cannondale

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#8 posted 893 days ago

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

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JL7

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#9 posted 893 days ago

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

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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DIYaholic

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#10 posted 893 days ago

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 procratination a bad thing?

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