A tool for clamping a wide variety of joints

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Blog entry by davesblokkz posted 10-19-2011 02:39 PM 6841 reads 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When working on my various woodworking projects I found times that I had to glue odd joints and really didn’t have the clamps I needed.

The solution to the problem was the development of a clamping block that simplified clamping these uncommon joints.

The Universal Clamping Block tool will let you clamp the usual miters and and frames but will also facilitate the clamping of a great variety of other joints that occur in woodworking projects that present special clamping problems.

With the Universal Clamping Block (UCB) you have a universal clamping aid that will allow the clamping of many difficult joints with clamps already available in most woodworkers shops.

Along with the clamping applications the blocks can be converted to hold-down devices for use on drill presses and work tables with t-tracks.

For addtional information see website:

Picture of the UCBs:

Examples of use:


For a video on their applications the following videos are available on YouTube:

-- Dave, Southern California,

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#1 posted 10-19-2011 05:52 PM

That’s a very nice idea but unfortunately(for you) it is too easilly be made from wood for less than a buck a dozen.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 10-19-2011 06:57 PM

Be sure to patent your idea. Very marketable concept. Sure beats my home brew ones made of wood that are easily confused with residents of the scrap box.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#3 posted 10-19-2011 07:39 PM

$25 a pair??? Holy buckets! Cool idea, cool design, but WAY to pricey for me. I’ll stick to free wooden ones!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 10-19-2011 09:56 PM

Pretty cool idea, I’ll have to make some. Thanks for posting.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#5 posted 10-19-2011 10:13 PM

I feel so dirty…this is like the worst place to post this. It’s really a clever idea and I bet at least a dozen people are looking at it in sketchup right now. I bet one person’s already got it near a CNC. It really is a clever idea and I hope you sell a lot of them.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 10-20-2011 12:26 AM

No Al, i’ts not on my CNC, nor in my SketchUp. :D But i WILL be making some with hardwood next time I’m in the shop. It really isn’t much different than the one in WoodsmithTips . Yeah, this is about the worst place to post this.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 10-20-2011 12:33 AM

Great idea…but I agree with what is said above.

Yet….they are still selling bench cookies (so simple to make your own) so give it a shot. I recommend you devise a pad though so that the wood is not damaged by the metal – I don’t think the painter’s tape is enough… would also want some sort of non stick surface so that glue would not hold them on the wood (it would be a pain to have to chisel them off if they stick.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#8 posted 10-20-2011 09:04 AM

good idea. good luck.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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