Clamping workpiece for pocket hole use

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Forum topic by swayze posted 06-20-2011 11:39 AM 1336 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2011 11:39 AM

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Anyone have any clamping jigs or set-up’s that make clamping the workpiece willing driving the screws? The kreg pocket hole jig works great but clamping can get very awkward at times. Let’s hear your ideas. The best way that I can see is to buy a couple of the bench clamps that krag offers.

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#1 posted 06-20-2011 12:24 PM

Buy their clamps. I struggled at times until I did this. I have two, the one with the pin that fits in a pocket hole and the one for face frames.

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#2 posted 06-20-2011 05:06 PM

Rockler has one on sale for $12.99. Have not tried it, but looks useful. I use the vise grip one kreg offers to keep the pieces flush in conjunction with other clamps to keep the joint tight while screwing/gluing. Can get akward at times, but w/o the joint will move.

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#3 posted 06-20-2011 05:30 PM

You can also pick up welding clamps at Harbor Freight. I’ve got several that have a throat depth of around 9”. I can clamp just about anything with them. I put self-stick cork on both faces of the clamp to protect wood surfaces. The ones I use are the ones that have the round pads on swivels, not the ones with what look like knuckles.

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#4 posted 06-21-2011 06:25 AM

Sorry for the redundancy here; I have mentioned this before. Sometimes I just glue the joints and clamp carefully with pipe clamps and declampify in 30 minutes and just drive the screw.



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