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Project by Dave Rutan posted 698 days ago 8305 views 66 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine let me raid some of his wood supply because he had no plans to use it. They were long pieces of pine, about 5-6 feet and I wanted to use them to make more of my clamps. I ripped them to 1-5/8 in. and cut them to the lengths for the bar, jaw, caul, and stop. I had to dip into my own supply to get the number of clamps I planned to make.

Between the cutting, milling, gluing, sanding and finishing, this punctuated with more mundane yard work, I got nine clamps made, 4 two footer (two foot holding capacity), 4 three footers, and one four footer (to add to the 3 four footers I previously made.)

Each of these clamps weighs less than two pounds yet has enough strength to hold pieces together while the glue dries.

I’ve created a pdf file with instructions and photos of how to build this clamp. The file can be found here.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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MichaelT77

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#1 posted 698 days ago

I like them. Very clever.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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whitebeast88

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#2 posted 698 days ago

love them.nice job

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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alekhine

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#3 posted 698 days ago

Nice clamps and very good design.

-- Efe Yaparoglu ,Izmir.... Not getting what u wished is a sign that there is something better behind.

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derosa

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#4 posted 698 days ago

Your solution for the attachment of the handle is the best I’ve ever seen on this style clamp and seems like the obvious solution now that you’ve shown it. Really nice pieces.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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Dave Rutan

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#5 posted 698 days ago

That handle is actually Mark II. The Mark I was more of a spinner, like you see on a C-clamp. This one acts as a spinner or a twist grip, depending on how you use it.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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luv2learn

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#6 posted 698 days ago

I will have to second derosa’s comment. Now that you have shown how you made the handles I’m thinking how simple and how cool is that!! Great job on the clamps.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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MonteCristo

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#7 posted 697 days ago

Bessey look out !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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pbjguy

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#8 posted 697 days ago

looks great. Why the angle on the bottom of clamp. Your top looks square but looks like 4 or 5 degrees on the bottom ? thanks

-- pbjguy1@aol.com

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Dave Rutan

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#9 posted 697 days ago

pbjguy, The angle is to compensate for the movement of that jaw stop. It helps keep the clamping surface of the jaws parallel.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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AngieO

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#10 posted 697 days ago

These are great

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dnick

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#11 posted 697 days ago

You are giving me some really good ideas here. Thank you.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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Daniel Wise

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#12 posted 697 days ago

Fantastic! The only other way to get some serious length with clamps is to use pipe clamps (which I’m not fond of at all). These are a great solution. Do you see much flex or bowing with the pine?

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rance

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#13 posted 697 days ago

The first wooden clamp I thought was worth duplicating. Well done.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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majuvla

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#14 posted 697 days ago

Very interesting and useful project for small amount of money I soppose.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dave Rutan

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#15 posted 697 days ago

Daniel Wise, As long as the clamp is used to hold two boards together and not to try cranking the edges together they work great.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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