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Project by cstrang posted 487 days ago 3486 views 87 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking around Lee Valleys web site and saw something like this but they wanted over $20.00 for two if them, I am making a coffee table for myself at the moment that is going to be mechanical fastener free and they would have come in handy, not wanting to pay that price I naturally made my own! Having made them out of off cuts from the coffee table that would have been sent to a fire pit sometime this summer I got them for “free”. Their not hard to make at all, very quick and easy. I just drew out a rough design and used my tape measure to get a radius on the clamping area, cut them out with the bandsaw, used the edge sander to smooth them a bit and there you have it! No more fiddling with multiple clamps at once to try and get your mitres glued up. I went with a radius rather than a 45 degree angle or something because I would like to be able to reuse these in future projects that may be a 22.5 or something different all together and I also found it gives me more choice where i put the clamp, if I need to move it one way or the other to help close up the mitre while in glue. Oh, and they work great!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.





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woodshaver

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#1 posted 487 days ago

I like this idea! Turning scraps into someting useful works for me! Nice Play!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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BrandonR

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#2 posted 487 days ago

Wow! That is genius! Glad I saw this, thanks for sharing!

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CessnaPilotBarry

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#3 posted 487 days ago

I’m a huge fan of these:

http://www.coastaltool.com/clamps_vises/maestro/m1201_clamp-all.html?id=kH7sQi8t

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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nailbanger2

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#4 posted 487 days ago

Once again, a nice job Chris. If you feel you have to spend some money on them, you can double sided tape some sand paper to the side that goes on the frame. A little extra grip if you wish.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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cstrang

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#5 posted 487 days ago

nailbanger, I never thought about doing that, there doesn’t seem to be any slipping issues so far… however I will keep it in mind.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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gsimon

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#6 posted 487 days ago

great idea!

-- Greg Simon

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nailbanger2

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#7 posted 487 days ago

As I said, if you absolutely have to spend that extra cash…..

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#8 posted 487 days ago

Thanks for sharing : )

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Karson

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#9 posted 487 days ago

Great design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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grizzman

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#10 posted 487 days ago

great idea chris, good job…are things thawing up over your way yet.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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waho6o9

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#11 posted 487 days ago

Thanks for sharing!

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MarkTheFiddler

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#12 posted 486 days ago

I like those. Thanks for the pointers.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Seenya

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#13 posted 486 days ago

I was wondering how i was going to do this just tonight. Great idea!

-- Semper Fi

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Robb

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#14 posted 486 days ago

Like em! Good tip, thanks for sharing these.

-- Robb

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#15 posted 486 days ago

Great idea and redesign Chris. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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