clamping an 8-sided table top

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Forum topic by jaydub posted 08-09-2010 04:15 PM 2365 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2010 04:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: clamp 8-sided table cedar

Hi folks,
Here’s the frame of an 8-sided cedar top for a table we’ll keep out on the patio – a little late in the season, perhaps… Each piece is kind of tongue-and-grooved, so good and strong, and I think it will look cool once I take it over to the bandsaw to cut it circular. There is some fine-tune work to do on the joints – good reason to tune up the chisels.

I’m looking for some input on how to clamp the thing up – I’m at a loss.

I do have a strap clamp, which seems like an option, but I’m sure there are some folks out there who have done this before.

Thanks in advance!


sorry – I don’t know how to make the pictures work – but you get the idea…

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#1 posted 08-09-2010 05:56 PM

Put the strap around the entire top and then run bar clamps from one side to the other. If you tighten them all slowly around the top, it should pull the joints tight. Will takes 4 clamps with an opening size greater than table diameter

The other option is to make a center hub which will hold the passive side of the clamps and clamp it this way. Will take 8 clamps with an opening size of the radius.

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#2 posted 08-09-2010 10:16 PM

I would just use the band clamp and tighten it slowly to keep the parts aligned.

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