|Project by Robb||posted 08-27-2007 04:04 AM||12057 views||1 time favorited||14 comments|
This isn’t anything fancy, more functional. I’m definitely in agreement that you can never have enough clamps. I glue up a lot of long thin pieces of wood to make stock for many of my projects, so I’m always running low on clamps. Out of frustration one day I made this clamping table. It’s got its pro’s and con’s, but it works pretty well in a limited range for gluing up strips. I’d like to make the backstop easily adjustable to different locations, but for the time being, it’s just screwed to the worksurface about 5” or so from the clamps. The worksurface it’s all fastened to is roughly 1.25” mdf, with a laminate top. I just rest it on whatever I’m not using at the moment, sometimes my saw, sometimes sawhorses. If I get real ambitious, maybe I’ll give it some legs of it’s own one day ;).
The clamps were from an auction at my work, so no, I didn’t go out and buy these all at retail prices. I’m sure there would be a cheaper solution if that was the case ;). I think they worked out to be around 50 cents apiece.
Any thoughts on how to make an easily adjustable, floating backstop that would still be sturdy? Right now, I just place different width stock behind what I’m gluing to make up the difference. It works, but it’s kind of clunky and time consuming.