What is this Lervad clamping system for?

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10-06-2012 08:25 PM

I bought this clamping fixture at an estate sale today and wonder if anyone has seen it before or can tell me what it was designed for.

It was made by the Danish company Lervad, best known for their workbenches. I looked through their web site and did other web searches without finding anything like it. It is about 12” by 19”, has four small wooden vises operated by round knobs, and comes with 12 bench dogs, six of each of the two heights shown. On the bottom are two clamps to attach it to a bench or other surface. It looks as though it’s never been used.

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#1 posted 10-06-2012 08:28 PM

Carving would be my guess. That many vises/dogs would be needed to hold irregularly shaped pieces.
Pretty cool find at any rate.

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#2 posted 10-06-2012 09:03 PM

Great find. My guess is it could have many different uses; glue clamp-ups, carving, etc. Looks like it could have something to do with Lego.

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#3 posted 10-07-2012 02:10 AM

Looks handy for any small parts working.

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#4 posted 10-07-2012 02:34 AM

Send Lervad a pictured email and ask them. They’ll probably
get a kick out of it.

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#5 posted 10-08-2012 04:20 PM

I tried emailing them, but the addresses listed at their UK web site don’t work, so they bounced back. As far as I can tell, they have no U.S. representation now.

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#6 posted 05-02-2013 10:23 PM

Hi, I’ve only just come across these posts…my thinking is that as Lervad make classroom workbenches for children to use…is it possible that this is a ‘table top’ version for children to use in primary/elementary school that could be stored vertically when not in use?

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#7 posted 05-04-2013 04:42 PM

Since the words, “made in Denmark” are in English, means it was designed to be sold in English speaking countries.

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#8 posted 05-04-2013 06:11 PM

Sign carving? Picture frames? Looks interesting, definitely a problem solver, whatever its intended purpose is!

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#9 posted 05-04-2013 08:05 PM

I does look interresting but also I see whay it has been called a childrens device as it does not have a stout professional look required in industry possibly a hobbiests tool. Have fun. Alistair

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#10 posted 05-04-2013 09:39 PM

I have sent an e.mail to Lervad in Denmark – we might get a clear answer sometime next week!

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#11 posted 05-04-2013 09:54 PM

What email address did you use? The one I found at their web site,, doesn’t work, as I reported last year.

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#12 posted 07-08-2013 01:29 AM

I can see it being useful during glue-ups of picture frames and toys. It is the right size. You’d set up a ‘fixed fence’ of blocks on 2 sides using 2 or more dogs and then use opposing vises to apply pressure. Variations on that for other glue-ups of smallish projects or sub-sections of not so small projects… whatever fits in that 12” x 19” field and is within the height of the dogs.

I don’t think it is made to hold stock for carving… not nearly stout enough.

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#13 posted 07-08-2013 02:20 PM

OOPS! Just noticed tis post is 9 months old so I’m Late to this party but my first thought was that the pins on the dogs are pretty small and may not take a lot of force to snap ‘em off. So I’m thinking it’s for picture frame making

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#14 posted 07-08-2013 11:58 PM

I’m surprised I haven’t been able to find out what it is. However, there is now one for sale on eBay:

This one is missing two of the vises, the below-table clamps, and all of the dogs that I have. The seller doesn’t seem to know much about it.

I’m pretty sure it’s not for picture frames, especially not mitered ones, for numerous reasons. To start with the most basic problem, a picture framing clamp should be symmetrical, and this is not.

I’m especially puzzled by the tall dogs. It makes sense for the short ones to have angled faces, to force a work piece down to the table. But what purpose do the upper angled faces on the tall dogs serve? They would seem to suspend a workpiece above the table.

It is definitely for light duty, limited more by the small knobs on the vises than anything else. With their small diameter and smooth surfaces, it’s clear that it wasn’t designed to apply a lot of pressure.

There hasn’t been a followup from 4ndrew, so I assume he wasn’t able to contact Lervad either.

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#15 posted 07-09-2013 12:24 AM

Very interesting….the hook has been set : )

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