Surround-Clamp Invention

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Blog entry by Steuss posted 08-20-2011 11:55 PM 1719 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
I spent 25 years trying to find a clamp which would secure odd-shaped and sized workpieces and allow them to be glued both ways at once. I finally gave up and designed one for myself. I called it the Surround-Clamp because that’s what it did—SURROUNDED the workpieces and controlled them while gluing them. My clamp combined the versatility of a band-clamp with the power and control of a pipe-clamp. After contacting Bessey on the feasibility of marketing the clamp, I decided to offer the plans free to find if there are others like myself who had this same problem. I’m including a picture of the device in use with angular workpieces which I later turned on my lathe. If you think this is a good idea, let me know and I’ll send you plans that you can use to make one for yourself. Thanks. Richard Steussy (Steussy Creations)

-- Dick, Novato

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#1 posted 08-21-2011 12:34 AM

Your photo is awfully small. Hard to tell what you have going on there…

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 09-22-2011 10:59 PM

Good idea using bolts and all the rest too. It’s given me an idea for a challenging clamping situation.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#3 posted 09-23-2011 01:41 AM

I am up for plans on any idea. I don’t really get what makes your clamp different, because the picture is too small. Maybe you could post a larger picture.
Thanks, I take all the ideas I can get. Even if I don’t use a specific concept that I find on LJ, I find that I incorporate them in my shop time one way or another.

-- Mel,

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#4 posted 10-23-2011 07:09 PM

I would love to receive a copy of your plans

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