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The shop thing I hate most: Clamp removal. What's yours (besides cleaning)

by Craftsman on the lake
posted 03-09-2013 09:28 PM


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emart

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#1 posted 03-09-2013 09:40 PM

hmm well that limits my answer a bit. I would say the thing i hate most is having to find a new hone for things when i reorganize the shop. I recently put in a machinist desk into my barn and in the process of removing my old bench and re-arranging 1/2 the stuff in the shop every tool that has settled into some hiding place or another has decided to reappear

another one is if i need to do some work at another person’s house and i have to assemble my tool kits again since most of my tool kit is split between my house and shop

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#2 posted 03-09-2013 10:50 PM

What do I hate about the shop? Hmmmmm? Where is that little thingy that I need for a once-in-10 yrs.
Ooops! I found it.
Bill

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ellen35

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#3 posted 03-09-2013 11:09 PM

What…you are supposed to take the clamps off?????
So that’s why my woodworking is so bulky ;-)
Dan, I so agree with you on this. Every time I hang one clamp up, another falls down!
All those fancy clamp racks are a joke… the one that works the best is my little cheap one!
Thanks for the chuckle!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 03-10-2013 03:08 PM

One can NEVER have enough clamps! (laughing)

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 03-12-2013 01:25 AM

Look at the clamp rack I made. I found that I needed to hang up the clamps after using and I wanted to do it fast. Avoid having to put them in slots or clamping them to something. Make then drop on a bar and you can load them fast!...........Jim

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

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Craftsman on the lake

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#6 posted 03-12-2013 02:40 AM

Jim, I’ve got a bar just under my bench for the ones 24” and under. It’s still a pain.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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oldnovice

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#7 posted 03-12-2013 03:48 AM

I think you may have to “clamp” down on this issue before it get out of hand.

I went to get some fertilizer at my local OSH (Orchard Hardware Supply) and, unknown to me ,they were having a tax free weekend (no sales tax) and also some sale items like Bessy 8” bar clamps for 25% off so I picked up two … and had to go back to get the fertilizer after I got to my car. So I got the clamps for 34% off of everyday prices!

I am willing to bet that the big box store would like the response that OSH has on these weekends as there was no parking available, mowers, lawn furniture, and other types of items were just flying out the door. I went back later to get a bag of bark and three cash registers had broken down. The manager said that he thinks they were over worked but he will take that problem any weekend!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 03-12-2013 03:56 AM

Four years ago I walked into a Big Lots store and found two 60” Bailey cabinet (parallel) clamps for $10 each. The next week four 48” ones for the same price. I wish they had had more.

Last year a salvage place in town had 28 bessey 12” bar clamps mis-marked as 99 cents instead of $9.99. The little tagging machine that puts the orange price tags on them was set wrong. I brought them up to the counter and they scanned right through, $28 for 28 clamps. The 8” ones were correctly labeled as $8.99 and the 24” ones as $14.99. Right place/right time.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Henry6

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#9 posted 03-12-2013 09:33 AM

Wow that was a wonderful deal you grabbed.

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#10 posted 03-12-2013 11:44 AM

My only real complaint in the shop is sawdust. If that’s the worst thing I have, then life is good.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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HorizontalMike

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#11 posted 03-12-2013 12:17 PM

What I hate is being forced to use a 48in CabinetMaster on a 15-20in glue-up because I don’t have that many extra clamps! It feels like the project has grown horns!

FWIW, I am dreading the day I choose to build something that will require 60in clamps… ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Kaleb the Swede

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#12 posted 03-12-2013 12:35 PM

CLAMPS!!!!!!! If you guys have any extras….....

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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BinghamtonEd

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#13 posted 03-12-2013 12:39 PM

Is cleaning up squeeze out a shop issue? Because I hate that (masking off helps a lot).

My biggest shop pet peeve is clutter. Which is kind of sad, because my garage/shop looks like a tornado came through, then doubled back and made a second pass. Every time I think I’m going to finally get time to make some organization progress, my wife adds another item to the build list.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#14 posted 03-12-2013 04:53 PM

Cleaning squeeze out – especially in the corners of a boxes.

Going to have to try the waxilit that I read about in FWW. I know that Lee Valley sells it, but not in the winter, as you can’t let it freeze..

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#15 posted 03-12-2013 06:49 PM

“Oh boohoo! I’ve got so many clamps it’s a chore to put ‘em away. Boohoo!” I suppose next you guys will be crying “Oh boohoo! I’ve got so much money it hurts my ass when I sit on my wallet. Boohoo”. :^)

I hate dealing with cutoffs. Seems like there’s nothing too small that I can’t rationalize keeping it. “Oh, I can use that 3/16 strip to make splines.” “I could use this for a shim someplace.”

-- Visualize whirled peas

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Tennessee

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#16 posted 03-12-2013 07:39 PM

My only complaint about clamps, all types, is that over time the screw thread makes their way down and you begin to run out of threads. With my arthritic hands, unwinding clamps is a pain. That being said, you can never have enough, be it HF or Irwins or Bessy or Jorgensons. Never bitch about putting all that nice metal away on the rack.
Save for those stupid Irwin quick clamps…bought them once, used them, broke one, the rest collect dust on the wall.
Also spring clamps, I like spring clamps. Great for small things as long as you know how much pressure they will exert. Nothing worse then breaking a small glueup since you picked up too powerful of a spring clamp.

Clamps, clamps, more clamps…

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#17 posted 03-12-2013 07:41 PM

I hate me some dry time. Bench covered in pieces, with no room for anything else, a slow, painful form of torture as the final product drags on begging to be completed.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Don W

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#18 posted 03-12-2013 09:45 PM

I just hate leaving it!

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emart

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#19 posted 03-21-2013 06:04 AM

Here’s one. having very important machine x break down in the middle of a project. maybe its due to my low budget but most of my tools have decided that i need to maintain them all right now (planer, bandsaw, ras, jointer)

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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#20 posted 03-21-2013 08:44 AM

I hate cleaning the clamps. I wish I would have waxed them before the Titebond 3 got on them and I didnt have to heat them up to get the glue off.

Leaivng the shop for the night is no fun either. Blondie saying come in and eat it will be there tomarrow. Yes dear is how it usually goes… LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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