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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 09-28-2014 01:49 PM 1709 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recieved a email from Woodpeckers tool sale for some Glue-up Panel Blocks. I thought thats a cool idea and a quick way to keep boards flat while gluing them up. While the price seemed fair, I have a close friend thats has a machine shop and we always like hanging out and working together. He has alot of materaial stocked up over the years as well. So this is what we came up with.

Size is 7” x 3” x 1 1/2” Aluminum. We machined them on the Brigeport, cut a 3/4 inch wide by 1/4 deep glue channel for the glue to escape. Cut 1 inch by 3 1/2 long finger grooves on all sides. Located 1/2 inch hole for the rod and threaded the bottom blocks with 1/4 20 threads. Cut the 1/2 rod ends down to 1/4 and cut threads on one end and 1/4 shoulder end for the top knobs. Put two spings approx 3 1/2 for slight tension while opening and closing. They work like a champ.

The wood you see is only scrap and not cut or ready for glue up, was for display only. I waxed the insides so the glue doesnt stick. OVER KILL YES BUT HOW FUN.

All comments always welcome.

This is Woodperckers idea.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"



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Woodwrecker

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#1 posted 09-28-2014 02:00 PM

I like yours ten times better then Woodpeckers Ken.
Nice having a buddy with a Bridgeport mill.
I am always struggling with clamping cauls and C-clamps.
Your idea is MUCH better.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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489tad

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#2 posted 09-28-2014 02:05 PM

Ken, nice job and how cool is it to have a buddy with a machine shop.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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lew

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#3 posted 09-28-2014 02:09 PM

Are you taking orders?? ;^)

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

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stefang

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#4 posted 09-28-2014 02:21 PM

They sure look like they will do the business Ken. I wish I had a machinist friend, there are lots of tool related things I would like made for me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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degoose

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#5 posted 09-28-2014 08:48 PM

And you had fun… always a bonus…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @ lasercreationsbylarry.com.au

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 09-29-2014 01:10 AM

How much?

:)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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oldnovice

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#7 posted 09-29-2014 03:56 AM

Nice tool!
I agree with Stefag, it’s nice to have a friend with a Bridgeport.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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HillbillyShooter

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#8 posted 09-29-2014 04:24 PM

Those are really great—wish I knew more about metal working and had the time and patience to learn. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Roger

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#9 posted 10-02-2014 12:10 PM

Nice one Ken.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Ken90712

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#10 posted 10-02-2014 05:50 PM

Thx guys, I have loved learning to work with metal with my buddy.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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