TrBlu's Spool Clamps

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Project by TrBlu posted 04-15-2012 09:50 PM 5614 views 22 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have said many times: “Woodworkers are thieves of each other’s ideas.” So, I will give credit where due.

During a visit to Grizzman’s shop, yesterday, I spotted some spool clamps, he had made.

A quick stop at my local big box store for some 3/8” carriage bolts and wingnuts, I made my own version. I decided to use some leftover stairrail molding, to give some varible clamp shape and the ability to stand on the bench.

First three pictures are of the clamps. The forth is Bob “Grizzman” and me. Bob is the good looking fellow with the Michigan shirt.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#1 posted 04-15-2012 10:06 PM

Great Idea and who better to steel a idea from and a great guy like Bob. I’m extremely jealous because I always wanted to meet Bob in person.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 04-15-2012 10:30 PM

nice but what are spool clamps

-- reggle/england/Nothing like a good piece of hickory

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#3 posted 04-15-2012 11:01 PM

what a great idea, i might have to make some …lol…we had a great visit and did some horse trading, Tim is a great guy and i enjoyed his visit very much, im always glad to share ideas and even some wood…the spool clamps are actually a clamp used by luthiers , they use them to clap the wood to the top and bottom of there guitars, and they work great for other small glue ups, they are a good addition to your clamping abilities.., glad you got some made up Tim…good post…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 04-15-2012 11:33 PM

Thanks all.

I am going to make a couple sets with leather pads, to protect the finish when reparing finished projects.

Here is a good instructional post I found.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#5 posted 04-16-2012 06:45 AM

Looks like you guys had a good time.
Nice clamps, one for the book.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 04-16-2012 01:26 PM

Reggle, here’s a link to the use of spool clamps.

-- John from Hampstead

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#7 posted 04-16-2012 01:51 PM

Learn something new every day ! Thanks , guys : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 04-16-2012 02:51 PM

These could have many uses!
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#9 posted 04-16-2012 05:13 PM

Thank you for posting a great system. The simple ones are always the best!

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#10 posted 04-16-2012 06:50 PM

Spool clamps are a great idea – I made some a while back which I used for clamping the top and bottom on a mandolin I was building.

I sliced up a 1” dowel into 1” long pieces and used 5/16” carriage bolts and wing nuts.

For padding I bought a roll of cork from an auto supply store that is used for making gaskets, cut it up into 1” squares and used spray adhesive to stick them to one side of the dowels.

I’ll be using them again soon on the tenor guitar I’m building.


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#11 posted 04-16-2012 10:00 PM

looks like sliced bread with heavy steriods in them … LOL
thanks for sharing the moment with us … :-)

take care

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#12 posted 04-17-2012 07:17 AM

OK, now I know what spool clamps are :))))))
Nice work and thanks for sharing

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

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