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Blog entry by Marty Backe posted 04-25-2015 03:41 AM 1980 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a new size of Pinch Sticks for an upcoming project, so I filmed how they were made. Pinch sticks are an easy to use and reliable tool for assuring that your assemblies are square during glue-up.



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Picklehead

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#1 posted 04-25-2015 11:46 AM

Good way to make these.

One question: At 3:00, how do you have your wooden hand clamp attached to your workbench? I use mine like this sometime, but I can’t figure out your setup. I like it, though.

Had to laugh, I was “cheating”, scrolling through trying to see what kind of metal you were using for the “keepers”. Couldn’t see them appear anywhere except after the paint job. Had to go back and actually watch to see that you made them out of tape! Not sure I would have thought of that, but given how fused that tape gets when it gets old, I’d say these are going to get stronger with age. Wish I could say that about myself.

Good project for me to learn multiple things. Thanks.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#2 posted 04-25-2015 03:49 PM

Time and circumstances have kept me from having a proper bench vice, so I use a large wooden hand clamp instead. Works great, but is slow of course.

There are a series of holes drilled along the front of the bench. Each of my wooden hand clamps has two holes drilled through it. One face of the wooden hand clamp is then attached to the bench with two bolts, secured with knobs from underneath. I can attach another clamp in a similar manner if I need to clamp a wide board.

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#3 posted 04-25-2015 05:16 PM

Good idea. Much more important to have a functional workbench than a “proper” one. Thanks for the info and ideas.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#4 posted 04-25-2015 05:51 PM

You almost lost me with the blue tape. Glad I kept watching. I will have a couple of these in my shop. Very clever.

-- Bryan

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#5 posted 04-25-2015 09:43 PM

Excellent idea for the shop, and great video to show us how!

-- Dean

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#6 posted 05-02-2015 07:42 PM

Just made three of them this morning, a quick project that can be done quickly. Made two changes in the video. (1) Used table saw and cut the 23 degree with a 80 tooth blade. (2) In painting the tape, placed them over a length of stock so I could turn and paint both sides at the same time then placed the stock in a vise to dry.
Great project and thanks for the excellent video.
Don

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#7 posted 05-02-2015 09:22 PM

That’s cool Don. Your way of painting is actually the best and probably what I should have done.

Thanks for the compliments.

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