Multi Tasks Shop Helpers

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Project by Bricofleur posted 12-02-2009 04:16 AM 7819 views 89 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my latest jig to maximize my small basement workshop space.

As shown, the sides are slotted to accept and hold vertical my bar clamps so they can be used for gluing panels. This is great! I’ve been thinking about this latter for a long time! To raise the panel to the clamp pads level, I use 2’’ PVC pipes as shims. And I don’t get glue stains like from some metal pipe clamps!

Half circles have been notched on the opposite sides to accept and hold my pipe clamps steady.

I use them to hold boards vertical when building carcasses, boxes and drawers.

Finally, I also used them to lift boards to be edge clamped when making pocket hole joinery.

They are also great to lift a long board to be crosscut with the circular saw to prevent any damage to my workbench. They’re also great to lift boards when I need to glue build-up stock when making square legs. By making them the same height as the bed of my hollow chisel mortiser, they can be used as wing supports for long stock. As I will need them, I will build different sizes, maybe rectangular, particularly to use with shorter bar clamps.

I’m sure I will find out more and more uses for them.

For more photos and details, look for them on my website at this particular page



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 12-02-2009 04:26 AM

Great idea. Your webiste looks good too. I’m gonna have to spend a little time thumbing through the pages :-))

-- 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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#2 posted 12-02-2009 04:37 AM

these are great !

with all the shop things you make ,
when do you find time to work ? (LOL)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 12-02-2009 04:40 AM

Great idea! Such a simple aid with lots of options.

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#4 posted 12-02-2009 04:56 AM

these are a real good idea i like these if i had the room i would make some but the space is limited in my shop but u came with a real good idea!!!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 12-02-2009 07:54 AM

Nice idea! Makes a lot of sense!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 12-02-2009 08:33 AM

These are great… problem is I can only think in uni-task terms!!

Thanks for the insight. Well done

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#7 posted 12-02-2009 08:38 AM

Another great idea, Serge. Like bigike, my shop is small but these can really help. I’ll have to see if I can make room for a set.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#8 posted 12-02-2009 09:00 AM

So the corners are just lap joints – fastened together, how?

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#9 posted 12-02-2009 12:28 PM

Great idea Serge. A good stable support. I’m sure I will make some of these if I can find a place to store them. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 12-02-2009 12:28 PM

Very smart, thanks for sharing! I need to make a set of these! I was just making a cabinet face frame and thinking it would have been easier to have it lifted off the table and help me with glue ups as well. I have a 1/2 Sheet of mdf that needs to be used. Thx again

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 12-02-2009 05:45 PM

Now that is a useful addition. Looks like you could make them out of scrap wood and use up junk lying around in the shop. Great job!

-- He said wood...

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#12 posted 12-02-2009 05:51 PM

Those do look helpful.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#13 posted 12-02-2009 07:07 PM

Very usefull I might just borrow your idea

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#14 posted 12-02-2009 07:07 PM

Great idea. another project on my to do list.



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#15 posted 12-02-2009 07:47 PM


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