the 'best' miter clamping jig yet ... (imho)

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Project by dan mosheim posted 1263 days ago 7882 views 157 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

after struggling with this glue up and clamping process for, oh, 30 years or so, i think i have finally ‘solved’ the problem .. it’s a simple jig, cut into four pieces, one for each corner. made with minimal materials, time and effort; imho, it takes care of the problem once and for all … detailed instructions for fabrication and use on my dorset custom furniture blog... let me know if it works for you …. i bet it will … dan

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 1263 days ago

Nice jig…..but I’ve had no issues with using good ol’ spring pinch clamps. Other than the little poke mark (which pretty much disappears on finishing), they work perfect for me.

-- Paul

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#2 posted 1263 days ago

What a fantastic idea, I just read the whole how to on your blog,

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#3 posted 1263 days ago

Looks like a winner!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 1263 days ago

great work and a very neat idea. Where do you get your abalone from?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 1263 days ago

Nice work !!!

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#6 posted 1263 days ago

Very smart jig. Looking forward to try it. Tks for sharing.

-- Paul, Plantagenet, Ontario

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#7 posted 1263 days ago

Great job Dan. Most of the time simple is the best answer. I will file this one under the to do list.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#8 posted 1263 days ago

wow! this is a hot one … i knew i wasn’t the only one wrestling with this problem … thanks for your commments … i hope it works as well for you as it did for us … and for ‘big ike’, we get our abalone from luthier supply a TRULY great source for all things mother of pearl and abalone and general luthier supplies … fast, efficient, reasonable prices and shipping … tell him will from dcf sent you … dan

-- dan,vermont,

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#9 posted 1263 days ago

Great idea Dan.

It beats corner clamps.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 1262 days ago

Yup, very nicely done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#11 posted 1262 days ago

I was about to make some for making a picture frame, but I like your’s better. GEt it all set up prefect, then separate ;-) Great idea. Did you consider relieving the corners? or have a reason I am not thinking of to leave them sharp and full?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 1262 days ago

Just what I need for an upcoming job! Thanks for sharing this idea.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#13 posted 1260 days ago

i love it
how about one for a hexagon or octagon DAN ?
should solve the problem there too
my respect for the simplicity !!!!!


-- Kiefer 松

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#14 posted 1256 days ago

I think you have had a stoke of Genius!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#15 posted 1237 days ago

Simple… and efficient…. and a pure joy….

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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