cleaning parallel clamps

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Forum topic by Tennwood posted 10-25-2012 02:09 AM 1288 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-25-2012 02:09 AM

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My latest project, a hand tool work bench, requires A LOT of glue ups. Despite my efforts to keep the parallel clamps (both Bessey and Jet) glue free, there is still dried glue in the notches of the steel bar. (I usually use wax paper between the wood and the steel bar to keep the glue out). What is the best way to clean them up without damaging them? I tried a wire brush, but it doesn’t get it all out.

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#1 posted 10-25-2012 02:15 AM

I have used a wire wheel mounted to a drill. That has been pretty effective….

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#2 posted 10-25-2012 02:27 AM

You’ll find kitchen spray like PAM will resist the glue.

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#3 posted 10-25-2012 02:36 AM

heat gun works well to soften the dried glue. Then use wire wheel or wire brush.

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#4 posted 10-25-2012 02:48 AM

I had the same issue cleaning my Bessey clamps, never found a good way to fully clean the grooves; eventually started buying Jorgenson clamps as they use smooth bars and are much easier to clean!

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#5 posted 10-25-2012 04:25 PM

I have used wax paper as suggested but also Dri Cote spray works pretty darn good also….. I did about 2,000 l.f. of face glue up hand rail, all of the stock was same size so I got some of that cheap black plastic wire covering stuff that protects elec wire with the slit down it. Just like in your car…... and cut it close to the length I needed and it worked like a champ… This is a good way if your doing the same thickness or size I should say….

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#6 posted 10-25-2012 04:31 PM

I find that masking tape is good and cheap prevention. The wax paper will often slip off.

I use a heat gun to soften the dried glue and then a drill mounted wire wheel.


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#7 posted 10-26-2012 02:10 PM

Thanks for the help. I’ll try the heat gun and wire wheel and see how it goes.

-- Jim, SE Tennessee, "Don't spare the kindling Dear, we have plenty"

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