One day, clamping up a ply box, I felt the need to lift the victim box off the work “bench” (I have no real workbench per se, just segments strewn about) to ease the placement of clamping devices.
I made a couple quickie things (jig is too noble a name) to help:
These things let me place clamps comfortably and, in other applications, clamp other clamping assistants to them.
Here’s a sample of simply using them to loft objects to be clamped up a bit for easier clamping:
There are convenient gaps to fit clamps into and pass straps through, etc.
I’m sure there are a million better ways to do what I needed to do, but I came up with these simple things in a pre-complicated glue-up mental haze and they did the job without complicated construction or actual deep thinking.
I do think of improvements, but until there is an actual reason, I’ll just dig these out when they seem helpful.
Note: in the usage example shown, one of the support rails used to support the 2 strips of junk ply together is a bit torqued. Don’t worry about it.
Note: I am gluing together multiple sections of junk ply to build a mockup of a thing two of my daughters wish me to build for kitchen storage. I seems a potential fail in design so I am building a mockup out of waste before spending money (their money, but still….).
Thing they want:
Seems tall and skinny to pile a lot of canned goods in. I’m sure something like that can be made to work, with proper support from adjacent wall and fridge, but I bet there are some important subtleties.
-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.