My Custom Clamp/Glue up station

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Project by Todd Swartwood posted 09-07-2013 06:15 PM 9796 views 54 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago I decided the idea in my head had rattled around long enough, and I needed to build a good glue up station. I started with a square steel frame that a dual drum sander had been shipped to me on. I added a set of 4” casters to make it very moveable. I then made a frame out of 3 X 5 pine stock. I added 1/2” plywood on both sides of the top rail that extended about 2” below the top 3 X 5 stock and 1” above the bottom rail. The 2 center uprights
could then be lifted up between the plywood on top rail, and drop down between the plywood on bottom rail. The 2 center rails could then be slid sideways to any position that worked well for the size of parts being glued up. The next step was to drill the holes in the uprights, I then drilled three sets of holes being spaced every couple inches. 1 hole about a 64th larger than the diameter of the pipe, on a 3/4” clamp, for a 1/2” clamp, and 3rd for the size of i/2” metal conduit.
As you can see in the 1st picture I would place clamps protruding from the uprights at a low level on the station, and clamp up as necessary. I would then go to the other side of the A frame and use the next set of holes above the ones I just used on the opposite side to complete the next glue up. Continuing to move from side to side and up 1 level of holes until it was at an uncomfortable height to continue. I then would start pulling the parts from the lowest
spot and move them up to rest on metal conduit that acted as shelf supports at the top as in the 4th and 5th pictures. Then start gluing up in the open spot just emptied, using longer clamps so working under other clamped work was not necessary.

When not in the middle of glue ups the station works well for sorting lumber, or as a drying rack when finishing projects.

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#1 posted 09-07-2013 09:58 PM

Todd, this is genius! I was going to ask how you balanced the weight out, but you answered it when I continued to read on.

I have one question for you, though. Do you have any “squeeze out” drip on the work below or do you minimize that by alternating sides?

Thanks again for sharing this idea!!!


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#2 posted 09-07-2013 10:06 PM

Thanks Mike for your nice comments, I have been doing this so long I love to help others when I can.
Alternating sides does help but occasionally I use a piece of cardboard or kraft paper if needed.
Thanks again,

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#3 posted 09-08-2013 12:35 AM

That is wonderful Todd. Very creative. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#4 posted 09-08-2013 01:43 AM

great idea!
actually having the glue drip to a waste board or newspaper is better because you wouldn’t be wiping it all the time and getting it all over the place

-- Greg Simon

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#5 posted 09-08-2013 01:52 AM

Fantastic idea… I wish I had the space for that, it would be so helpful.

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#6 posted 09-08-2013 04:31 AM

Todd, you are the man! This is awesome and will def be incorporated into my new shop! Very creative and awesome job!

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 09-08-2013 02:40 PM

Great idea, great execution. I like your dust collection as well . I have mine under the floor too and it really cleans up the shop.

Come on LJ’s, show some love here. Fourteen of you favourite the man’s idea but only six comments.
You might at least say thank you!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 09-08-2013 04:19 PM

I too like this idea. It also makes a handy place for pipe clamp storage.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#9 posted 09-08-2013 04:59 PM

Great idea.
For those of us who do not have the space or need for a full time “rack” I could see a set up with the rails bolted to a wall (to the studs). It would only be one sided but the “tipping” problem would be eliminated.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#10 posted 09-08-2013 05:41 PM

Les, you took the words right out of my mouth. In fact if your shop is wood framed you can drill the holes directly into the studs. For structural reasons I would not drill more than 2 studs in a row, skip a stud and drill 2 more. Also works great for storage rather than spending the money on hardware.

Thanks to all of you for making me feel welcome!!!

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#11 posted 09-08-2013 07:36 PM

I love it! I can’t stress how annoying it is to have projects take up space while gluing! Now to build a shop with enough space! Thanks Todd.

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#12 posted 09-10-2013 05:18 PM

Hello todd628

A very good idea

My shop is very small but your idea make me thinked for some another idea …
My projects are often small but a good idea is a good idea !!!!
Thanks for sharing

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

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#13 posted 09-10-2013 07:04 PM

Great idea.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#14 posted 09-12-2013 12:51 PM

nice idea

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#15 posted 09-14-2013 11:14 PM

This is the coolest clamping rack I’ve ever seen. Wish I had room for something like that.

-- Rick M,

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