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Project by SauceMan posted 12-21-2017 07:25 AM 622 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey all,

Here’s a quick little project to take care of some handscrew clamps that I have had sitting in a box on my table saw for the last 6 months.

Made out of a 32” length of 2×3 from your local mega hardware store, I drilled 1.5” holes about 3/8” down and then drilled all the way through with a 1/2” bit. Cutting off the entries with a band saw (and a Japanese hand saw for the ones I couldn’t get to in the center because it was hitting my band saw’s throat, putting a couple of deeply countersunk holes for mounting screws and planing it all nice and smooth, and there you have it, a completed project.

Let’s not forget the nice chat I was having with my dad who is visiting as I built it.

Sauce





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robscastle

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#1 posted 12-21-2017 10:45 AM

Nice job on the rail work. ... very smart !

I couldnt find the transcript of the nice Father and Son chat!

What did he think of your five plane collection?

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 12-21-2017 08:09 PM

I like it, nice and simple and easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 12-21-2017 10:03 PM

This is a very nice clamp rack and it will be a wonderful addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 12-21-2017 10:51 PM

Nicely done! Those things can get heavy! I wish I had that many, just have two myself.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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SauceMan

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#5 posted 12-21-2017 10:58 PM



Nice job on the rail work. ... very smart !

Thanks. Sometimes the best projects are the ones you can start and finish in one sitting.


I couldnt find the transcript of the nice Father and Son chat!

You know, he’s stuck in the middle of two worlds. First, living vicariously through me—he always wished he could do woodworking himself but never did. Second, the role of “father knows best”.

So half the conversation was me showing him the various tools and talking him through how they work / how I use them. This particular project was power tool heavy (table saw, drill press, band saw, power drill & drill driver with dust collector thrown in for good measure)—along with a little hand plane use (gotta use them!) and hand saw for the hard to reach holes/

The other half was more like:
him: “I think you should put that hole further back”
me: “I think it’s fine, I already measured it”
him: “Are you sure you’ll fit all the clamps?”
me: “I think it’s fine, I already measured it”
him: “Are you sure you need the big holes too?”
me: “I think it’s fine…”

well, you get the picture.


What did he think of your five plane collection?

He appreciates it, and he watched me take the iron from the No. 5 from a jagged, dull mess and straighten it out (needs a bit more work). He suggested I sell one of them to get the other four for free. While he’s not entirely wrong there, I think it’s too early for me to give up on anything in case I’ll need it later. I wonder how often I’ll reach for the No. 7 with a No. 8 in my collection.

Also, this is my third No 4., with each being better than the one before—I bought the cheapest one Stanley offered (the one with two little adjustment screws for the iron), then the next step up and then this came when I didn’t expect it. Let’s say that I asked Santa for a fancy No 4., and if that one actually shows up, that’s the one I’ll be reaching for. I think I’ll take the middle tier Stanley and convert it to a scrub plane. I don’t want to do it to this one because it looks nice. And the one with the two little screws is not worth the effort.

Funny thing is the draw of the new and shiny. He saw the cheap Stanley all shiny and new looking and that appealed to him first until I explained that with the depth and lateral adjustment being tied together you cannot just fix one and adjust the other—you’d be fiddling constantly.

Sauce

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SauceMan

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#6 posted 12-21-2017 11:05 PM



Nicely done! Those things can get heavy! I wish I had that many, just have two myself.

- Dwain

I got the lot for $80 (I think) from someone on Craigslist.

Sauce

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#7 posted 12-22-2017 05:06 AM

Gonna have to make one too!

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#8 posted 12-22-2017 07:20 AM

I have 4 of them now and yup a pain to store them, this will work great! Thanks. Think I will incorporate a French cleat mount to match my other clamp rack.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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SauceMan

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#9 posted 12-22-2017 08:25 AM


I have 4 of them now and yup a pain to store them, this will work great! Thanks. Think I will incorporate a French cleat mount to match my other clamp rack.

- Andre

French cleat! There’s an idea for a new project for me. I was thinking how my garage is more set up with hammers and screwdrivers out within easy reach instead of planes and chisels. Maybe I will work on a French cleat system soon. (I have pegboard for now, maybe that can work too…)

But for my next project winding sticks!

Sauce

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