Clamping Table for inlay work

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Project by tswoodwizard posted 06-03-2014 04:08 AM 1688 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I always wanted to build a clamping system that would reach into a 4 ft. x 8 ft. project to do inlay work and when a client requested a Frank Loyd Wright design in his 3-6×7-0 entry door I was finally forced to build it out of need. The table has (16) 5”x 5” x 4ft long chambers between the 3/4” MDF top and bottom to accept the bottom bar of each clamp. The clamps can be moved in and out to position the 1” dia. threaded screw over any point 25” or less from the outside of the table edge. On this project I ordered a pre-hung “Fir” door and inlaid 3/8” thick Maple into a 1/8” deep routed area using “WEST SYSTEM” epoxy. I use 5/4” thick x 6” x 12” steel plates between the screw end and the inlay to spread even pressure over the area to be glued. After glue has set up I unclamp and route the excess Maple off even to the surface and scrape and sand smooth. So far my system works as expected.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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#1 posted 06-03-2014 07:42 AM

Impressive set-up. It looks like they could really apply a lot of pressure.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-03-2014 11:47 AM

Nice job, I would have gotten a bag big enough and stuck it in a vacuum bag..
There are always multiple ways ….

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 06-03-2014 03:18 PM

Nice job. Certainly some heavy duty clamps.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#4 posted 06-03-2014 04:47 PM

Great job. I am sure they will last a long time and exert all the distributed pressure that you require. Well dine and thanks for sharing

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#5 posted 06-06-2014 05:21 AM

You are still around, Tom! Well thought out & executed!

-- toni --- SW WI...working on shop setup....wish I could say diligently. "Time is a healer, a friend & a maker of dreams."

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#6 posted 04-15-2016 01:07 AM

That’s just so cool Tim. Another tool well done.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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