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Project by Mrmyke posted 625 days ago 3901 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i found a glue up jig very similar to this while searching the internet for a easier way to clamp up boards. i unfortunately have no pictures at this time of me using the jig, but will this weekend i have a couple more boards to build.

theres also a 2×2 slice of cherry that goes along the bottom of the jig and one on top to keep all the boards flat. i will drill a pilot hole in the middle of the jig some where to secure the boards snug with a bolt.

i have written on the sides of the jig to show where to clamp the boards to. so enge grain run along the edge side and then end you clamp to the end wall.

i stuck a few bolts through the walls to assist in snugging up the work piece instead of using a million clamps. having the corners at 90 degrees makes keeping your work square. i use parchment paper under the work to prevent anything from gluing to the jig.

the jig measures 24×22. i used mdf and pine.

-- mike





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 625 days ago

A cool Idea well done.

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ellen35

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#2 posted 624 days ago

I’d really like to see how you use this… it is an interesting design but I’m not sure of the principle. Also, do you use wax paper on the bottom to prevent sticking?

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Mrmyke

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#3 posted 624 days ago

Yeh I do use wax paper when I do the glue up. Ill for sure post pictures this weekend. I have the bolts In there for when I make things other then then a cutting board. It’ll be more clear when I show a picture. In mean time whn your just done ripping your pieces edge grain you clamp to the board that says edge grain and when your doing your cross cut for your final glue up you do your clamping to the end grain. It’s all squared so no worrying about boards being out of square

-- mike

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 624 days ago

That s cool clamp. I was thinking of glue sticking to the fixture too,like Ellen. Maybe you can wax the heck out of all the wood in the fixture to resist glue sicking to the wrong things.

I was thinking of what happens when you tighten all those side screws. It seems the fixture will bow the MDF up in the center from all that pressure. You may have to run some thick boards under the fixture parallel to the screws to counter the pressure and keep it flat during glue up.

Thanks for sharing!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Mrmyke

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#5 posted 624 days ago

i just use them to keep things snug until i can clamp it all up. i just put parchment paper down under the work piece to prevent any sticking. i only have the 2nd edge grain side on for when i am doing another project that needs to be kept squared.

-- mike

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Dusty56

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#6 posted 624 days ago

” instead of using a million clamps. ”
Why do you think you need “a million clamps” in a 24” space ?
How much pressure do you think that Pine will withstand with all of those holes drilled through it ?
What are the bolts threaded into to apply clamping pressure with ?
Thanks : )

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Mrmyke

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#7 posted 624 days ago

i dont think i need a million i only have 4 clamps that i own myself, making this was just cheaper for me then buying more clamps. i had it all with the exception of the $3.85 pine i bought. dont need much pressure at all. theres a nut on the other end.

-- mike

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Dusty56

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#8 posted 624 days ago

O’k , thank you and best wishes : ) Happy Holidays to you and yours !

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vakman

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#9 posted 624 days ago

I like this idea a lot, but the use of all of those bolts looks time consuming. As a cheaper and faster option, you could use a pair of wedges; right-angle triangles that are, say, 1” x 14”. Couple hits with a mallet and you get even clamping pressure along the whole length.

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kjel00142003

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#10 posted 624 days ago

I’d love to see it in action!

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Mrmyke

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#11 posted 624 days ago

i will be using it this weekend to make a bunch of boards. i will post pictures on this thread.

-- mike

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roer

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#12 posted 623 days ago

Sounds good – I will be waiting :o)

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Mrmyke

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#13 posted 620 days ago

Ill post the router plane jig I made that fits on my jig for clamping.

-- mike

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