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turning small clamps....into ENORMOUS clamps!!! :)

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Project by dakremer posted 1608 days ago 6133 views 36 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I only have smaller clamps, but for my coffee table I’m about to build (that you guys helped me design) I need some bigger clamps. I did not want to go spend a bunch of money on larger ones. This was my solution! This is not my idea – I’ve seen it somewhere before, but can’t remember where. Anyways, for those of you who haven’t seen this before – here ya go! Made out of some left over poplar and aspen. Everything is glued and extra screws on both sides (the same screw pattern is on the other side, but opposite) to make it extra sturdy.

Upgrades: _One thing i did not do, but I wish I would have, is made one end on each “extender” movable. That way you can clamp a more broad range of sizes….with these fixed ends you have a limited range – only the range of the small clamp and length of extenders.I might also add some sort of padding on the end that touches the work piece so I don’t scratch it up__

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!





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azwoodman

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#1 posted 1608 days ago

Great idea! Recycling doesn’t only apply to milk jugs and beer cans, ideas need to be recycled too! Sounds like you’ve done it here!

-- Spencer, Gilbert Az (http://www.azwoodshop.com)

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ToGoMan

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#2 posted 1608 days ago

Excellent!

Ingenuity sure helps solve problems!

-- ToGoMan ------ "No ONE of us knows as much as ALL of us." (anon.) ----

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SuperDave0002

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#3 posted 1608 days ago

Yep….I’m gonna have to build a few of those now.

-- David South FLorida http://ahunkahunkaburninlove.blogspot.com/

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1608 days ago

Good idea

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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BTKS

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#5 posted 1608 days ago

Thanks for the savings. Those big bessey’s can stay on the store shelf.

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

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norwood

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#6 posted 1608 days ago

good idea well done

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#7 posted 1608 days ago

nifty idea… well done…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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deon

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#8 posted 1608 days ago

Great idea. Will do.

-- Dreaming patterns

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johan

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#9 posted 1608 days ago

Thanks,that solved one of my problems!

-- Johan, South Africa, www.wildwoodboxes.co.za /www.knysnawoodworkers.co.za

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Jeison

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#10 posted 1608 days ago

Awesome!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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spanky46

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#11 posted 1608 days ago

Ingenous!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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shopdog

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#12 posted 1608 days ago

It’s a good idea for light duty clamping, but it doesn’t look like it’ll exert much clamping pressure where you need it most. I may be wrong…let us know how they work out. A very good and inexpensive alternative would be a set of pony pipe clamps, and some 3/4” black pipes in different lengths.

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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Andy Needles

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#13 posted 1608 days ago

Good Point Shop Dog. I’ll bet you could beef them up plenty by making the joint at each end, say, three times wider/longer. That would make them substantially stronger.

-- rustic andy

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Jeison

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#14 posted 1608 days ago

What if you made the arm out of wide enough material that you could cut/drill a hole large enough for the clamp jaws to hook into, thereby eliminating one of those joints alltogether, just having the cleat at the end that would hook over the end of the material. (so its basically an “L” with a hole through the end)

edit: I was thinking of my one handed bar clamps when I pictured that idea, i just realized that wouldnt work for the F-style you have shown the way I’m thinking of it.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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Andy

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#15 posted 1608 days ago

I like this, thanks for sharing.

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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