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Dave's 24 inch bar clamps

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 09-27-2016 11:25 PM 1119 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over this past year I found that I was short two 24 inch clamps on several projects. I do have 36 inch and 48 inch bar clamps in my arsenal, but the extra length tends to get in the way when not needed. Once between projects I decided that since I had the materials I needed, I should just build two more clamps. I tried to make them with the most basic tools that I could. The only electric tools that I used was the table saw to rip them to width and an electric drill.

These are made from 1×2 pine cut-offs. That is, the bar measures .75 inches x 1.5 inches. Each clamp requires a board 48 inches long. They are finished with boiled linseed oil.

See how I built these clamps [link]

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 09-27-2016 11:31 PM

Nice clamps, but why do 24” clamps need a 48” board?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 09-27-2016 11:36 PM



Nice clamps, but why do 24” clamps need a 48” board?

- Oldtool

Part of the beauty of this clamp is that every part of it is cut from the 1×2. As will be seen in the build, a 48 inch long board yields a 24 inch capacity clamp. Need a bigger clamp? A 6 footer yields a 4 foot clamp, an 8 footer yields a 6 footer, etc. Basically 18 inches of the board is used to make the head and the stop.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 09-27-2016 11:52 PM

Nicely done, Dave! Looking forward to the details.

-- God bless, Candy

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 09-28-2016 12:27 AM



Nicely done, Dave! Looking forward to the details.

- CFrye

They’re in progress. We’ll see how far I get tonight.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Chris McDowell

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#5 posted 09-28-2016 12:36 AM

Nice! I’ve been wanting to try my hand at some homemade clamps. Looking forward to the build article.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Dave Rutan

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#6 posted 09-28-2016 01:15 AM



Nice! I ve been wanting to try my hand at some homemade clamps. Looking forward to the build article.

- Chris McDowell

Thanks! Either I’m being way too detailed, or there’s just a lot of little steps. I’m still plugging along at it. Ni laboru kaj esperu!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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wiser1934

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#7 posted 09-28-2016 03:17 AM

very practical. i also am waiting for the construction details. thanks for posting

-- wiser1934, new york

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#8 posted 09-28-2016 07:50 AM

Making his own tools (clamps) is a challenge. I can imagine our grand-grand fathers who were forced and lucky to make them, either due lack of money to by new or new tools weren’t accessible. Very nice job on these.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dave Rutan

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#9 posted 09-28-2016 10:23 AM

I just posted part 1 of the build aticle. Other parts coming after breakfast. [link]

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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nomercadies

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#10 posted 09-28-2016 12:41 PM

Beautiful. The thing that always gets me is how to handle the end of the screw, the place where the pressure is forced against the item to be clamped. I’ve never been satisfied with the way people make the end stay still while the screw turns. How did you solve that issue? You know the place I’m talking about? Where the screw is captured inside the drive head? Maybe a picture with an arrow can help.

Nice work. Things like this is why I’ve been following you for years.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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Dave Rutan

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#11 posted 09-28-2016 12:56 PM


Beautiful. The thing that always gets me is how to handle the end of the screw, the place where the pressure is forced against the item to be clamped. I ve never been satisfied with the way people make the end stay still while the screw turns. How did you solve that issue? You know the place I m talking about? Where the screw is captured inside the drive head? Maybe a picture with an arrow can help.

Nice work. Things like this is why I ve been following you for years.

- nomercadies

I see you found the answer to your question in the build article. I’m glad I covered that satisfactorily. The need for bar clamps is really what started me on figuring these out. It’s funny that the impending project for which I originally needed bar clamps has never been built. I’ve been using them for other things in the meantime.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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