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Project by Ben Griffith posted 2281 days ago 2491 views 15 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple months ago we looked at a preschool for our son and they had a bunch of these clips. I made one on the bandsaw that evening and my son enjoys playing with it. It’s about 5” long and made from a 3/4” poplar scrap. Just tonight I whipped up a couple more from scraps of pine for his friends, but I still need to scrounge up some more rubber bands. I think the ones that come on broccoli are about the right size, but all the ones in the junk drawer say “Asparagus” on them and are too big!
A slice of bicycle innertube might be about the right size…

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#1 posted 2281 days ago

cool!! but how does it work? what do you do with it? (I have a 5yr and 14 month old..should I build some???)

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Ben Griffith

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#2 posted 2281 days ago

It’s kind of like a big clothespin, except it doesn’t pinch so hard. My son likes picking things up with it (good for coordination and fine motor skills), and he likes that it looks and works just like my spring clamps. At the preschool kids use them to clip blankets to chairs to make forts, or use their imagination to use them with blocks or other toys. And they make a fun clicking noise! The ones they had were somewhat thicker than mine, but the size I made ended up being just right for a 2 1/2 year old’s hands.

PS… since the rubber band could be a choking hazard, be careful if your little one likes putting things in his mouth.

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#3 posted 2281 days ago

Interesting toys. Always something new here at LJ’s.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#4 posted 2281 days ago

Broccoli rubber bands needed? Just eat your greens they are good for you. GREAT POST THANKS!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#5 posted 2281 days ago

Might I suggest….a couple more rubber bands so that they’re real firm to open and you’ll have…woodclamps! Whatever jaw size you want too!

You might’ve stumbled upon something here!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#6 posted 2281 days ago

Wood you mind posting the pattern. I am not a fan of the scroll saw, but my friend @ work is. And she would like to build one.

-- ~jtd

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Ben Griffith

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#7 posted 2281 days ago

What I did for the first one is find a picture of one online, print it out, and trace that onto a piece of wood. For the later ones I just used the first one as a pattern. So if you print out one of my pictures and blow it up on a photocopier that should work. Or you could blow it up in Photoshop before you print it.
If you right-click on the thumbnail above and click “Open link in new window” that should allow you to print/save the picture.

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#8 posted 2279 days ago

Thanks for the peg idea and the advice of how to get a print out of the picture you want, without 6 more sheets that I don’t want.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#9 posted 1330 days ago

Very cool clamp!

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#10 posted 283 days ago

I can see a kid (and adults too) having lots of fun with these! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 177 days ago

Clipping blankets up to make forts was all I needed to hear. My girls love to make blanket forts.

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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