Frame Clamp

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Project by BusterB posted 03-22-2013 07:43 PM 5397 views 62 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently posted a frame project to show how well the new miter sled was working. One of the pics had a frame clamp I had built some time back and it generated quite a bit of interest. It works really well and is simple to put together so I thought I would post the info on it. The clamp was a based on a woodworking web video on youtube and they take you through the build step by step. The arms are 1×2” stock cut 20” long. The first 1/4” hole was drilled at 1” and then every 2” along the length of the arm. The corner blocks were cut out of 3” square pieces of 2×4. In the video, they used 3/4” plywood. The tension blocks were cut out of 2×6” with a 1 1/2” x 3/4” notch cut on both ends for the arms to attach. I used a 1/4” piece of all-thread rod between the tension blocks with wing nuts to make adjusting easier. As you tension, it draws all four corners in at the same time. The only major change to their design I made was to round off the ends of the arms where they attached to the tension blocks. It took maybe a hour and a half to lay out, cut and put together. Worth the effort if you do any frame glue-ups at all. (note: In the first picture, I had the tension blocks installed upside down….works better if you flip them over…lol)

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#1 posted 03-22-2013 07:53 PM

If any one is wondering if a miter sled is worth it…look at the differnce in the miters in the 2nd and third pic… my answer is “heck yes”

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 03-22-2013 08:04 PM

Buster I had seen it in your previous posts
I knew straight away what it was for and it surely deserves to be a
project on it’s own.
The mite jig is a great jig, jigs = accuracy

In Icy Scotland

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 03-22-2013 08:23 PM

great jig buster i enjoyed seeing it posted,and someday when i get caught up i’ll try to build one.

i would also like to build a frame clamp,cause you did a heck of a job.

whats next on your to-do list???

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 03-22-2013 09:00 PM

Jamie, thank you….that means a lot coming from a the scottish guru of wood…lol See where you seem to indicate that the weather is sunny and mild over on your side of the pond…. lol Hang in there bud, winter officially ends over about July doesnt it?

Thanks Marty, lotsa stuff on my wanna do list but my gotta get done list is pretty well maxed out. My daughter has decided she wants a “rustic” arbor for her wedding in June…guess that has got to be top of the list…well close anyhow. Be thankful you dont have to face this for a while….very thankful…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 03-22-2013 11:10 PM

Nice rig, I will borrow this as soon as I get caufght up on my own project list. Looks very promisng to make clean neat and repeatable results. Thanks for the post.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 03-22-2013 11:30 PM

Another one added to the favorites list. I see what you mean about the miters, night and day. Thanks for posting this, Buster.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#7 posted 03-23-2013 12:13 AM

I’m glad you went back to this. I saw it when you posted the frame you made. I had one of these made of metal at one time but lord knows were it is now so I favorited yours. Anyone who builds frames needs one of these. Thanks for sharing this with us Buster.

-- 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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#8 posted 03-23-2013 12:45 AM

Favorited! ‘nuff said :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 03-23-2013 01:15 AM

Good one.

-- Jojy, Dallas

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#10 posted 03-23-2013 02:12 AM

Good build! Have you ever used a bandclamp for frames?

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#11 posted 03-23-2013 03:26 AM

Nice, I built one of these but yours is better looking. Guess I’m off to see your miter jig. I need a new one , and yours is making some sweet miters. Think I’ll rob your design lol.

-- mike c

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#12 posted 03-23-2013 03:38 AM

Hey buster I love it! Can you make me one & send it to me lol,

-- "The Cedar King"

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#13 posted 03-23-2013 07:28 PM

Hello BusterB

A jig that we all must have in our shop

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#14 posted 03-23-2013 09:57 PM

Thanks everyone…. Have seen some of the work some of you guys do so it really means alot.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#15 posted 03-25-2013 07:59 PM

good idea

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