DIY Parallel clamps

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Project by TysonK posted 05-19-2016 05:14 PM 10891 views 66 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built these parallel clamps based on the plans by fellow LJ corydoras. This is his build:

He’s got great plans available, I modified them to suite the materials I was using, but they work great, I’m super happy with these clamps, they really do work well. You all know the old saying, why build one, when you can build 22! So I built 22 of them at different lengths for different glue-ups.

I finished these clamps months ago, but finally completed a build video on them, if anyone is interested.

-- -- Tyson

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#1 posted 05-19-2016 05:57 PM

Those clamps are very expensive in stores, I bet you made them with acceptable amount of money. They look awesome in design, sure, they are sturdy.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 05-19-2016 07:13 PM

on my to do list for sure. Thanks for sharing as we can never have enough clamps.

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#3 posted 05-19-2016 07:24 PM

Really cool – going to have to have to give these a shot!

Best -

-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#4 posted 05-19-2016 08:56 PM

Woah, awesome

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#5 posted 05-19-2016 09:20 PM

Love it! What type of wood would be suggested for use in the body of these clamps? I see you used oak, what else would work?

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#6 posted 05-19-2016 11:46 PM

They are definitely economical. I used electrical conduit and superstrut, both of which are cheap. I probably paid more for the drill bits to work with the pipe.. (had an outer diameter of 15/16ths) than I did for the pipe itself.

I think most any type of medium density wood would work. I’m not sure what this type of wood was, it’s not particularly hard though, I used it as I had it, harder density would be better, but I doubt it’s completely necessary.

Thanks all!

-- -- Tyson

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#7 posted 05-20-2016 01:01 AM

Those are really nice.

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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#8 posted 05-20-2016 03:14 AM

Very nice, bought his plans for these and his precurser clamps some time back but been stuck on the back burner. Need a small fleet in the 24” range and i think if i can batch out at least a half dozen to a dozen i wouldnt need many more clamps. (Lies)
Like your clamp rack as well!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#9 posted 05-20-2016 03:25 AM

Nice job, will have to build some of these too.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#10 posted 05-20-2016 01:55 PM

These are really nice and they look like they have a great design. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 05-20-2016 02:41 PM

Well done. I also have the plans somewhere. Must do soon.

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#12 posted 05-20-2016 03:21 PM

You did a great job on these and the video. Thanks!

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#13 posted 05-20-2016 03:38 PM

Great looking calmps – and fantastic video!
Thanks for sharing

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#14 posted 05-21-2016 08:05 PM

big fan of the economical solution. parallel clamps are outrageously priced at the store. curious how much clamping pressure you get out of them. probably more than you would ever need, but would it be even better than a pony or bessey

-- just a goon with a hammer.

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#15 posted 05-22-2016 01:50 PM


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