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Clamping Strategies #1: Once I got started, I couldn't stop....

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Blog entry by Mike Throckmorton posted 01-28-2014 02:40 PM 1223 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I woulda added some c-clamps, but I would have had to walk to fetch them, which would have ruined the moment.

What was I clamping?

For personal use, I make cup coasters that are as thin as I can make them and about 6” x 6” so I can plunk a cup down on them without really looking: big target and if I miss and set cup on edge of coaster, the cup won’t tip over.

I was clamping two very thin pieces of wood with grain oriented 90 deg (ie, home made two ply plywood).

Future plans include metal plates on bottom of cups and coasters with powerful embedded rare earth magnets to actually suck the cup into position. Progress marches on….

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.



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Picklehead

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#1 posted 01-28-2014 02:49 PM

Sounds like maybe you should switch to sippy cups. ;)

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

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GOOD LUCK TO ALL

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#2 posted 01-28-2014 03:14 PM

Idea for you. Tape the ply’s together, then sandwich them between 2 pcs of thicker wood (3/4) and you wont need as many clamps.
Be sure to show us your coasters.

^sippy cups…lmao^

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GrandpaLen

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#3 posted 01-28-2014 03:31 PM

Mike,
I’m sure your coasters will work just fine, but that would also make a dandy rotating Clamp Rack.
...just sayin’. ;-)

^ sippy cups …lol ^ ...Picklehead, you’re a dilly.

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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Mike Throckmorton

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#4 posted 01-28-2014 03:32 PM

Picklehead – sippy cups: insufficient capacity. Plus, beer foams too much when you try to suck it through the sipper.

Sadly…...

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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Mike Throckmorton

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#5 posted 01-28-2014 03:36 PM

Kevin,

I actually made a decent clamping jig for this kind of thing (sort of like a tortilla press…wait…hmmmmmmmmmmm) but I just got started with the clamps, and, well, it was fun.

Sometimes I just do things differently for the heck of it.

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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jumbojack

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#6 posted 01-28-2014 08:48 PM

boredom overtook him and he began to clamp.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Picklehead

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#7 posted 01-28-2014 10:47 PM

Mike, I assure you:

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

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zoraxx

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#8 posted 01-29-2014 12:47 AM

haha

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Mike Throckmorton

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#9 posted 01-29-2014 03:49 PM

Wow, Picklehead, I’ve obviously been out of the loop too long in the area of sippy-tech, it has obviously exploded.

I think that means there is clearly a market opportunity for other tip-resistant technologies (such as my line of extended cup coasters and related tech such as my tree-trunk beer mugs (hydraulic assist optional).

There’s a good idea for a lumberjocks contest: new areas for remunerative lumberjocking.

Or, given a specified RL (remunerative lumberjocking) area, ideas for projects in that area.

So, for example, ideas for RL projects in the area of drinking cup tip resistant technologies.

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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Mike Throckmorton

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#10 posted 01-29-2014 04:07 PM

Jumbojack: “boredom overtook him and he began to clamp.”

Sounds like a good premise for a movie. Title: “The Big Squeeze”?

Oh well, maybe not….the average person wouldn’t remain glued to the screen.

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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Picklehead

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#11 posted 01-30-2014 02:51 AM

Mike, I’m thinking the tip-resistant technologies might better be applied to said user of sippy-tech. I’m going the route of the Nerf Tutu and the Weeble Walker (with built-in SippyDocks, of course). You start SippyTech, I’ll start TippyTech, then we’ll merge and get bought by Google.

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

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Rob Drown

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#12 posted 02-11-2015 10:29 PM

If u have enough beer you can be slippy tippy sippy tech. Gotta see the Nerf Tutu

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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