Andy Klein invented a new kind of woodworking clamp. He modified a regular parallel clamp so that it can be used as both a regular parallel clamp for day to day clamping tasks AND it can also be used as a panel clamp when you want to glue up a panel. The way I got involved with this is that Andy asked me to make the wooden parts for the prototype. The reason he didn’t make the wooden parts himself is because he recently relocated from Minneapolis to Denver and he hasn’t been ...
Today I took a break from working on the miter saw station. Only had a few hours to spend in the shop so I decided to knock out as much as I could on a wall-mounted clamp rack. My clamps have been residing on the lumber cart I built, but that does me no good when needing the cart to move in new sheet goods and lumber from my truck in the loading dock to the shop. So after viewing a few renditions done here on LJs, I had at it. It’s a quick and dirty solution, but it should serve t...
I’m tired of seeing all these moxon vises and not making my own. They are pretty expensive. I really need something to act as a front vise on my bench. This takes care of that problem and it also raises any cutting that i’ll be doing by 7 1/2” (which helps out the back). Here is my version of the moxon vise using two pipe clamps. Check out the video. Please subscribe to my channel and check out all the other videos on there.
So I’ve decided to use 2 pipe clamps for the face vise, and a veneer press screw for the wagon vise. FACE VISE: EARLIER IN THE BUILD, I drilled two holes all the way through the bench from front to back, and durring the glue-up, left spaces for the movable parts of the pipe clamps to be inserted. In use, I can make large movements in the vise by releasing the clamps from the top. Those spaces can fill with shavings, but I can pull them out with my fingers, and if need be, easily pu...
Well, I’ve started on my workbench build…I’m going ahead to start writing this blog even though at my pace (a few hours a week), it may take a few more months to finish. Here’s the general goal…I’m sure it will evolve a bit as I build it: This bench has a few design parameters that contribute to it’s odd look:-It has to fit in my small workspace in the corner of the garage, so 5ft is the length.-I want my Anarchist-style tool chest to roll u...
I was asked by a fellow LJ to describe my double-Pipe-clamp face vise. So here it is, for any who might want to do something like this. I’ll break it down into 2 sections: 1. Building the thing2. Advice to myself and others for improvements. HERE GOES… 1. Building: a. What I had to start with: My current bench sits in the corner of a 2 car garage, and was included with the house when we bought it 5 years ago. It is just a 2×4 frame with a piece of 3/4”...
Time to glue up. Since I painstakingly fit each tenon to it’s matching mortise, I was fairly confident that glue-up would go ok. To solve the short clamp issue, I went down to the hardware store & got some couplers to hook pipes together to get more length out of my pipe clamps. Also, I borrowed some longer parallel clamps from a friend – and I’m glad he had them! I did a dry assembly & everything worked great. It was a little tricky to do by myself, but I g...
I hav had these power press bar clamps for over a decade forgotten in a bin and used them for the first time today. they are nice! nicest pipe clamp I’ve ever used. what a shame they were discontinued after Irwin bought the company. (aside: I’m not happy with Irwin, they’ve ruined Marples chisels) I’m wondering if I can use these to make a Moxon vise? here’s a quick sketch to be followed with a slow sketchup…
I finally done getting the bench together, I beefed up the lower shelf with 2.5” with .5” rabbet for the slats to fit in, I had enough left over scrap to complete the shelf. I did however miscalculate and will not be able store the compressor on it. BUT I did get a Ridgid Band Saw which I may be able to use to store. (Band Saw step will be my next blog and project). I still need to apply BLO finish but I am having to much fun using it to stop now. From Woodworking The lower ...
When you need pipe clamps, they’re great, and they need to be handy – but when you need them only occasionally, they can really get in the way! Hanging them vertically works well provided you have a vertical space available. Unfortunately, I didn’t, so yesterday’s project was a horizontal rack hung near the ceiling. The rack’s not elegant, and it’s certainly not pretty – but then neither are pipe clamps. The main thing is – it works! ...
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