|Project by KnotCurser||posted 07-18-2010 12:22 AM||3206 views||6 times favorited||10 comments|
A few months ago I was at an auction and bid on a box of “Miscellaneous Tools” and won it for less than five bucks. What I was really after was a set of really nice Forstner bits. I didn’t even notice the three strange packs of what looked like threaded rod and end caps in the bottom until I got home.
“Build Your Own Clamps” the package said. Whatever. Tossed it aside and promptly forgot about it.
I was in need of a clamp the other day and suddenly remembered the kits. They looked pretty well built and it had decent instructions. There were two smaller 10” ones and a single 14” set.
I tore open the 14” one and dug out a nice chunk of cherry that fit the plans. A few hours later and voila!
The thing really works well! It can be torqued really strong and at a pretty steep angle if needed.
Finish is a coat of “medium walnut” danish oil followed by two coats of spray poly. I wanted it to look kind of old and I think it will darken up nicely over the next few months.
I just LOVE using tools I built myself – and for next to no money either!!!!
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