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I made this from an old rusty (but very strong) clamp and a piece of wood from a demolition. My studio has a concrete roof and this is braced against it, so the pressure exerted is considerable, While great as a press for gluing up, I find it invaluable for general clamping as it acts far from the edges of the object

Macpress

Piece of old coathanger supports it when stowed

Macpress

Braced against the Concrete roof
Macpress

Applies pressure in the centre of the object which is usually difficult

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy





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patron

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#1 posted 1637 days ago

quite the contraption ,
looks like something a scotsman would make (LOL) .

i bet it does come in handy too .

i can’t remember how many times ,
i have had to clamp something
to the floor , in the middle of the room .

this sure beats driving the car over it !

-- 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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Chris Davis

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#2 posted 1637 days ago

Neat idea. Thanks for sharing.

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Wolffarmer

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#3 posted 1637 days ago

That is a great machine there. to bad the roof in my shop is about 14 foot.

Also looks like something to be used in a 3 Stooges skit.

I often use several old tractor weights I have for my “Newton” clamps.

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1637 days ago

Can you use this to control kids ? LOL

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GaryK

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#5 posted 1637 days ago

Kind of like a mechanical version of a go-bar.

Or a smaller version:

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RONWEN

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#6 posted 1636 days ago

Clever!

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nmkidd

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#7 posted 1636 days ago

Different…..and useful!!!

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Maclegno

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#8 posted 1636 days ago

Yes Gary a vague memory of them probably inspired me, though I didn’t know the word. Do you know the origin of the word? (Etymology is one of my interests), when I had a look on Google I got a lot of information on places with topless pole-dancers, maybe they inspired some medieval luthier (we woodworkers never think of anything else) LOL
Gerard

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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BTKS

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#9 posted 1636 days ago

cool idea, looks like it works great. I’ll need to build one when I put the loft above my shop. I’ll move this one to favorites right now. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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