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01-27-2012 06:44 AM
I want to build a clamp table. My goal is to build the table/jig about 36”X96” to handle multiple glue ups at one time with 90 degree angle stops on the far left and far right for squaring doors. I would like to use the jig/table to assist in glueing up large door panels/table tops and also offer a downward pressure system to ensure glue ups are flat when applying clamping pressure from the edges. I want to build something similar to this pic but with an added downward pressure system and also a lot larger:
Ideally I would love to buy a clamp set up similar to the one found on this web site: http://www.quickmachinerycompany.com/products/CR/index.html
However, I am confident we are not going to be able to afford the price. I do everything COD and do not use credit so buying big priced equipment has been harder and slower. I am very confident that I can easily purchase about 1000.00 worth of pnuematic piston clamps or even screw rod type clamping mechanisms that could be tightened with a 3/8” socket drive set up and other misc accessories and probably build a unit that would allow me to glue up panels quickly
I plan to build one 8’ jig, which will hold about an average of 3 panel glue ups, then as I have money I will build a few more.
My questions are:
Does anyone have suggestions? Any advice for such a jig set up?
Does anyone know of what online sources would be great for obtaining pnuematic piston clamps or screw rods for clamping. I almost prefer using a screw rod system, so that I am not dependant on air while I wait for panels to dry in clamps.
As a note, we build 80% of our doors, and enjoy doing it. But in a pinch, when slammed busy, we have out sourced our doors. So far that has happened three times. Last year we bought doors for a kitchen and asked for an ogee panel cutter, the shop gave us doors with a cove panel profile. This year we used that same shop again on a job, again my customer chose the ogee profile for the panel, we specified this and again they gave me the ogee profile on the panel. Then very recently we bought doors from a different shop, which markets themselves as a door shop. With every confidence after looking over their professional web site, we placed our order. The doors were very nice and accurate with the exception of thier lack of sanding regimine. I had linear sanding marks in the panels from their big sander. In some areas we even found some minor ROS sanding marks. Very dissappointing. Everytime I have built my own doors I have managed to have less issues. The sanding issues are easily corrected in our shop, except when I pay good money to another shop to build the doors, I should not have to spend time sanding. Anyway, just a small venting. And thus the reason I am looking at more efficient methods/jigs for building my doors. The only real complaint about our doors from my perspective has been that we are not nearly as fast at it as I would like us to be. But we can really knock out flat panel doors in a quick hurry. So the glue ups are the clog in the system for the most part.