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

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Project by dakremer posted 02-14-2010 03:02 AM 9186 views 39 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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#1 posted 02-14-2010 03:09 AM

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 (

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#2 posted 02-14-2010 03:11 AM


Ingenuity sure helps solve problems!

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#3 posted 02-14-2010 03:14 AM

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

-- David South FLorida

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#4 posted 02-14-2010 03:57 AM

Good idea

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 02-14-2010 06:34 AM

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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#6 posted 02-14-2010 07:02 AM

good idea well done

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

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#7 posted 02-14-2010 08:32 AM

nifty idea… well done…

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#8 posted 02-14-2010 09:35 AM

Great idea. Will do.

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#9 posted 02-14-2010 09:44 AM

Thanks,that solved one of my problems!

-- Johan, South Africa,

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#10 posted 02-14-2010 10:06 AM


-- - 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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#11 posted 02-14-2010 12:57 PM


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

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#12 posted 02-14-2010 01:26 PM

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--

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#13 posted 02-14-2010 01:30 PM

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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#14 posted 02-14-2010 02:59 PM

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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#15 posted 02-14-2010 05:08 PM

I like this, thanks for sharing.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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