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dakremer

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04-13-2011 09:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: clamp idea google sketchup

I’ll let the pictures do the explaining. This is something that just popped into my head today, and decided to mock it up in Google Sketchup. What are your thoughts?? (only one end of clamp shown. End with the “tightening up” part is not shown)

You wil not hurt my feelings – as even I’m not sure if this is practical, or would even work. Just wondering what you guys think. If not good for a clamp…good for anything else???

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!


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#1 posted 04-13-2011 09:21 PM

I don’t know how you’ll do the “tightening up” part of it, but it should work fine. It’s like bench dogs and a bench vise.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#2 posted 04-13-2011 09:30 PM

well I was thinking the other end could be done the same way, just with the bolt to tighten it up…..

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#3 posted 04-13-2011 09:49 PM

Adjustable stilts, maybe ?

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#4 posted 04-13-2011 09:54 PM

I like it. Maybe a dowel through the lower part that extends down into the rail. A little more added strength and it can be taken out an moved with piece. That same part might want to be a bit further forward. If that makes sense. Just my $0.02….

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#5 posted 04-13-2011 09:55 PM

I guess this falls into the “you’ll never know until you try” category. It’s a neat design, but I’m not sure how atrong it would be. Would the locking tabs break off as soon as you put significant pressure on them?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 04-13-2011 09:59 PM

Charlie – I was kind of wondering if those tabs would be strong enough as well. Not sure about that

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#7 posted 04-13-2011 10:09 PM

How about using ply for the tabbed parts and a strong hardwood for the central beam?

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#8 posted 04-13-2011 10:12 PM

Very nice colors the rest well???

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dakremer

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#9 posted 04-13-2011 10:44 PM

GMman, what do you know??
:)

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#10 posted 04-13-2011 11:20 PM

GMman, You must be colorblind based on that comment?

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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dakremer

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#11 posted 04-13-2011 11:28 PM

Dez – i’m guessing ply would work pretty well for the slots since it wouldnt expand and contract. Plus strips glued together like that should be pretty strong

The more i’m looking at this – the more I think its too complicated. Could make a clamp to work the same/better much easier than this….

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#12 posted 04-13-2011 11:55 PM

Not that complicated. It is similar to the clamps used on solid notched bars. It may prove to be stronger and more stable. Cut the two outside pieces with a “box joint jig”? The rest is glue up!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#13 posted 04-14-2011 12:14 AM

an ofset cam lever might work
for the clamping end
and a pin on a chain for the holding the tabs to the body

it should be medium duty clamp at least
good for tight jointed edges anyway

i take it you are paying attention
to your chiropractic spine charts
similar styles

i like it

do you have anything in fuchsia
with a lemon lime trim

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#14 posted 04-14-2011 12:24 AM

I agree about the plywood for the rails if you make the jaws fromm hardwood you would have to make the outer cheeks with the grain running vertical & the inner slice horizontal (i.e.thick plywood) may wind up as costly as cheap aluminium bar clamps which are probably the equivalant in strength?? But it’s good to be industrious
Best
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#15 posted 12-15-2011 05:05 AM

/What if you made this end (the one shown) fixed and the clamping end was the one that adjusted? That way you don’t have to worry about a pin or anything to hold it in place and you can work from one end only.

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