Face Farame Clamps

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Project by Tinnocker posted 03-11-2010 10:21 PM 6127 views 20 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 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!

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#1 posted 03-11-2010 10:35 PM

Very clever. Well done

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 03-11-2010 10:39 PM

Good show Ted

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 03-11-2010 11:21 PM

Very Cool

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#4 posted 03-11-2010 11:45 PM

Very clever.

The line, “I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make.” sounds just like something Yogi Berra would say.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 03-12-2010 02:39 AM

I couldn’t help but to chuckle on the first paragraph….lol

Nice work Ted.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 03-12-2010 03:17 AM

Nice adaptation of the idea from Garrett Wade catalog. My approach is, my wife asks for me to make her something. I don’t care what she wants me to make, there has to be at least 1 tool that I don’t have, but I need in order to be able to make it. Sometimes I have to get a little creative in explaining why I need a particular tool. I think she is on to me after 9 years, but she lets me buy them anyway. She’s a nice lady.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#7 posted 03-12-2010 03:29 AM

heh thats what I do with my mom.
“Oh I saw such-and-such-vastly-overpriced-item-with-a-brand-name-on-it in this catalog that I really like.”
“Oh I could make that for you, if only I had Router Bit B”
“Oh really, well heres some money for it”

also cooooool clamps :)

-- - 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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#8 posted 03-12-2010 04:09 AM

Thanks for all the great comments guys. I think I’ll try a little suave and subtil maneuvering like docholladay and Jei’son did only my wife is such a great gal if she knows I need it she would give her blessing. Letting me use our family room for my shop proves what a wonderful wife I have. She is the greatest! (and not just cause she might eventually read this!)

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ 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!

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#9 posted 03-12-2010 04:10 AM

That’s the spirit Ted. Make it yourself. Nice job.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#10 posted 03-14-2010 06:31 PM

very good smart, yes building process would be great to see nice job

-- jim

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#11 posted 04-18-2010 07:25 AM

I do the same thing. If it wasn’t for fixture knobs and threded inserts I wouldn’t have any tools. Your look better than mine. nice job.

-- GAR

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