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Project by OakHill posted 07-24-2013 06:58 PM 3252 views 45 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In order to achieve a uniform clamping pressure on a small box I decided to use the Wolfcraft Band Clamp. However it did require some special additions to achieve the desired results.

One photo shows the components in the unclamped position. There are (4) wood corners; a riser under the clamp to center the clamp vertically on the box; and a “strap guide block” to help direct the clamping pressure of the strap.

The distance between the straps at the clamp body is 4-1/2”, a distance too close to the outside dimensions of the box. The “strap guide block” draws the straps to the center of the box thereby evenly distributing the clamping force around the entire box.

I have not used the supplied corners as yet. The projects on which I used the clamp I felt needed a longer contact area so as to distribute the clamping force more evenly on the box corners. Thus far I have made project specific wood corners. On the inside of the wood corners I used Epoxy glue to attach Plexiglas to help prevent any glue from the box contacting the wood corners.

I made a number of boxes with this set-up and they all came out good.

For a complete Fixture description and a review of the Wolfcraft Band Clamp, go to my review here in Lumberjocks or click on the link: http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3484

To view the finished product: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/86286

-- John, Illinois, http://OakHillWoodCreations.com





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Jacob

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#1 posted 07-24-2013 07:52 PM

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#2 posted 07-24-2013 08:42 PM

That is really neat. It could be used on a much larger scale for frames, too!!

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

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#3 posted 07-25-2013 06:43 AM

That is really cool. I will be making myself one of these. Thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 07-25-2013 11:36 AM

What a great idea…really like the band clamp

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#5 posted 07-25-2013 01:08 PM

great jig, really simple and versatile. i will definitely put this on the list of jigs to make. Thank you.

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#6 posted 07-25-2013 01:17 PM

Good work; worthwhile project.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 07-25-2013 01:23 PM

Ditto above and, thanks for posting. Great idea.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 07-25-2013 01:34 PM

Great idea that looks quite effective – thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 07-25-2013 06:48 PM

Very good idea. I have also something simillar. Now I know how to improve my corner clamping technique.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 07-25-2013 08:15 PM

Really nice project.

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#11 posted 07-26-2013 01:50 PM

That looks like just what I need. Will be making one soon as I have a little time. Thanks for sharing!

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