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DIY Pocket hole right angle clamp

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Project by GCM posted 09-05-2012 10:40 AM 3892 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I took a cheap bar clamp and removed the clamp face and replaced it with a 3/8” length of steel rod (slightly tapered at the end). It seems to work OK, I am about to start building some workshop cabinets and that will be the proof of the pudding.

-- Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.





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AJswoodshop

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#1 posted 09-05-2012 02:06 PM

Cool idea, keep up the good work!

AJ

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GCM

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#2 posted 09-05-2012 10:44 PM

Thanks for the kind words

Gary

-- Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.

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#3 posted 09-05-2012 11:25 PM

Hey Gary, That is clever.

I was just thinking about making something like this. One really needs to clamp when using pocket screws. This seems like a great solution.

Have you seen this type? Rockler also sells them.
http://www.benchdog.com/pock-it-hole-clamp.cfm

They mention that the rod (pin) should not go all the way to the bottom of the hole. I guess that makes sense, so you don’t damage the bottom.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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GCM

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#4 posted 09-06-2012 12:01 AM

Thanks SPalm.

The problem with the Rockler clamps (other than the cost=$37) is that they are, ostensibly, face frame clamps only. They can be used for right angles but only (as far as I am aware) if the pocket holes are on the outside of the case (for example). This shop made clamp is intended to work as the Kreg right angle clamp does – unfortunately that particular item costs $52 – almost as must as the Kreg Jr itself cost me.

That’s interesting about the rod not going all the way to the bottom – if that were so how does the Kreg right angle clamp avoid it? I am hoping because the pin is 3/8” it will sit on the shoulder of the pocket hole without damaging it – initial tests seem ok.

BTW – unfortunately for us in the land of Oz Rockler shipping and handling is a whopping $47.25 – a real pity since they have some great products.

-- Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.

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#5 posted 09-06-2012 12:56 AM

Hey Gary,
I agree with everything you just said. Your solution seems like a really nice solution. I guess a couple of different clamps might help in different situations.

Again, I am not sure why they mention that the pin should not go all the way down. I just saw it the other day and it caught my attention.

Keep it coming and let us know how it works for you.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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GCM

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#6 posted 09-06-2012 01:26 AM

Yes and since I can get all of these clamps for $19.99 it is certainly an economically viable propostion.

BTW I really like your signature! LOL

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