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Euro 32 Corner Clamp (plans only - shop made)

Euro 32 Corner Clamp (plans only - shop made)

93 days ago by wjt99 | 2 comments »

Price $6.5011 page detailed plans showing how to build and use this corner clampweb page – www.Euro32products.comCost of a single clamp – approx. $8.00 (if you use a hex nut instead of the cam lever cost is approx. $3.00) I found the plans to be very well written / drawn. Simple construction with no complicated joinery. The result is a clamp that is very well made and does what it claims. As designed it will work with 3/4” stock. It can work with different width stock wit...

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A clamp like no other.

A clamp like no other.

591 days ago by vipond33 | 32 comments »

It is a very old saw that one cannot have too many regular clamps. At work for instance I run about 40 of the Jorgensen 3700 series and still wish I had more at times. Yet it is the specialty clamps that we have that sometimes get you out of a jamb or simply make life a whole lot easier. To that end I have spring clamps, band clamps, little tiny C-clamps and a host of others that step up only when that seems the way to work. I’m sure you all have them too. One of my specialty tool...

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Panel clamps, perfect for cutting boards

Panel clamps, perfect for cutting boards

271 days ago by CalgaryGeoff | 28 comments »

I’ve been building end grain cutting boards for years and using pipe clamps and glue up jigs. Usually very messy and a slight bow developed during glue ups. Well, a fellow LJ member and I have been thinking there has to be a better way. Recently he sent me a link to check out some new clamps, wow, it looks like the perfect solution to cutting board glue up. Here’s a link to a 50 second YouTube video showing an animation of them in action. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SYR957Y...

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Best double-sided tape I've used

Best double-sided tape I've used

433 days ago by Beezle | 6 comments »

I have tried many different methods of holding down work while routing or otherwise machining wood. Most work well enough, but I also happen to use a CNC milling machine to cut wood and in that case the material needs to be very stable and the thickness added by the tape must be consistent. Not to mention not damage anything upon removal. It’s a lot to ask and there seems to be a lot of different tapes out there. I recently noticed that Micro Fence sells a tape and I thought I wou...

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Project V2 Venturi Vacuum Press Kit

Project V2 Venturi Vacuum Press Kit

247 days ago by whit | 5 comments »

I couldn’t decide if this should be a project or a review. Technically, it’s both, I guess. The project – a vacuum press – is based on the V2 Venturi vacuum press kit (i.e. you need an air compressor) from http://www.joewoodworker.com. The Project Kit I bought the kit a while ago. Well . . . a few years ago. OK, it was 2006! I wanted to let it age before I put it together. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it! The build is really simple...

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Ingenious Concept in construction

Ingenious Concept in construction

640 days ago by David Craig | 28 comments »

When I made the move to replace my junk bench with an actual woodworking bench, one of the first things I wanted, accessory wise, was a pair of holdfasts. For the uninitiated, holdfasts are an ancient method for holding a work piece to a bench. The construction is simple, a metal bar with a hook on it that uses compression to hold a work piece to the bench. You tap the bar in a dog hole, the bar will flex in the dog hole like a compression spring and the piece is secure. The picture tells the...

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Shopsmith clamps

Shopsmith clamps

1189 days ago by richgreer | 16 comments »

I was using these clamps today and thought to myself that I have never seen a review of these clamps on LJ. These are my favorite clamps for gluing up panels (like table tops or chair bottoms). What you see in this picture will be a chair bottom by the end of the day. When you tighten these clamps you are applying pressure to the edges and the sides. This does a great job of keeping the boards aligned. I particularly like these clamps when I am making something that is too big to ...

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Good, low cost toggle clamps at Harbor Freight

Good, low cost toggle clamps at Harbor Freight

1826 days ago by Craftsman on the lake | 18 comments »

Just sharing this. When something raises my eyebrows and gets me thinking then maybe it’s worth passing on. I’m going to talk bang for buck. I hope you don’t mind. Yup, I’ve got a few harbor freight tools but not much. I’ve had mixed luck with them. But a friend let me see one of these toggle clamps. I have some from a wood store and I must say, they are very similar but not identical and but both seem to be of the same quality. They’re probably both fr...

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Wolfcraft 3681404 One-Handed Ratcheting Band Clamp

Wolfcraft 3681404 One-Handed Ratcheting Band Clamp

399 days ago by OakHill | 3 comments »

The Wolfcraft Ratcheting Band Clamp has become the ‘go-to’ clamp in this shop when doing final glue up on projects requiring ‘all-around’ clamping. With one hand on the clamp handles, the other hand is free to adjust the strap, align the pieces being glued or positioning of corner blocks and strap guide as seen in the photo. By depressing the release button and guiding the strap with one finger you can slowly draw in the strap until the parts are in alignment and the fit is to your sati...

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Another Veritas winner - Mounting plates for use with Bessey Clamps on Festool MFT

Another Veritas winner - Mounting plates for use with Bessey Clamps on Festool MFT

389 days ago by jusfine | 4 comments »

As I was leaving the Lee Valley store late this last week, I glanced over at the Festool display and noticed the Bessey Self Adjusting clamps sitting on the MFT table. Having not previously seen them and used to the De-Sta-Co models for jigs in my shop, I stopped to examine the quality and then noticed the Veritas plate for use with the Festool MFT or other 20mm holes in a bench. Very simply, it is a black aluminum anodized plate with a threaded post inserted (could it be switched out t...

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