|Project by Tinnocker||posted 03-11-2010 10:21 PM||5589 views||20 times favorited||11 comments|
My wife has asked me why I get all those woodworking and tool catalogs when we don’t have any money to buy the stuff in them. I smile knowingly and tell her that I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make! This always makes her give me the look! You all know that look; It’s the same look a calf gets when he sees a new fence. What!
Anmy way I got the latest Garret Wade tool catalog and saw those cool face frame clamps and decide to make a few for myself.
Unfortunatly I didn’t take any pictures of the build process only the end result. The only thing I need to do to now is glue some rubber to the underside of the clamp pad so it doesn’t slip.
I used recycled maple scraps that I use to make my “tools.” Some 5/16” all thread, 5/16” nuts & T-nuts, 1/4” mild steel rod, 1/4” flat washers and cotter pins. I made the Knobs on my drill press and bent the 1/4” rod on my vise. After gluing the upright in the dado I drilled 2, 1/4” holes and doweled it with the steel rod. I epoxied the T-nuts in place, and for the sliding clamp I drilled and counter bored for a 5/16” nut that has a cotter pin to keep it from spinning off then I glued that assembly to the back of the sliding clamp block.
The dimensions are:
Base – 3/4”x1 1/2”x10”
upright – 3/4”x1 1/2”x3”
Slide – 3/4x”2”x3”
slide nut housing – 3/4”x1 1/4”x1 1/4”
Knob – 3/4”x2 1/4” dia. (oak flooring scrap)
5/16” all thread – 6” long
1/4” rod – 6” long, 2 bends @ 2” ea.
1/4” rod dowels – 1 7/16” long
cotter pins – 1/16”
-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!