Conference Table for Local Church #5: More on Jointing

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Blog entry by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 07-11-2008 09:54 PM 1398 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Small Tops Part 5 of Conference Table for Local Church series Part 6: Straight edge problem solved...for now. »

I just got off the phone with the manufacturing company of the 12 foot straight edge clamp. Well, the shipping is going to be more than the clamp itself. A lot more! I think I am going to have to either go into the straight edge business (rental and sales) or go to Plan B (from Outer Space) or if any of you LJ’s that are driving from Whittier, CA to Tupelo, MS or Little Rock or Memphis, Nashville next week, I’ll drop a C note on the gas bill if you will bring it on over. PM and let me know.

Plan B: I call my local lumber store and I will be buying a 16 foot 1 by 6 piece of MDF and a 16 foot piece of aluminum straight edge and making my own straight edge. I think I will make the straight edge 13 feet long for use on this table and then cut it into two pieces, 100 inches and 56 inches to use cutting plywood sheets. Got my next blog subject. See you next week. Thanks for reading.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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Michael Hacker

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#1 posted 07-12-2008 08:34 PM

a 12’ clamp? why not just go buy some 3/4” Bessy pipe clamp heads, and some 12’ lenghts of black pipe?
if you need wider faces for the claps, cut some larger hard wood faces. you could get real creative and make say a 3’ face that accepted 3 pipe clamp heads. just remember to seal the pipes in spray paint and get on with your project!

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#2 posted 07-13-2008 03:41 AM

Thanks, Michael, but I need the clamp as a straight edge. I was going to use it to joint the edges of the boards. See it here:

See my other blogs on this subject to get the low down on how I plan to attempt this feat.

Well, I went to the steel company and bought a 1/4” x 3” x 144” piece of aluminum for only $62.00 instead of the $442.00 the straight edge clamp was going to cost. Here is a photo of this straight edge with my 48 inch ruler next to it:


I do plan on buying some long pipes when I go to glue up the top and to add on the breadboards.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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