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MT_Stringer

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11-13-2013 04:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip clamp

You can never have too many clamps! Just sayin’! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 11-13-2013 04:50 AM

Yep this is true.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 11-13-2013 05:04 AM

Written on my tombstone: He never had enough clamps!

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darthford

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#3 posted 11-13-2013 05:12 AM

Stringer that knot looks like its about to fall out you better get a clamp on that.

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Handtooler

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#4 posted 11-13-2013 09:57 AM

Not quite enough, huh? Add a couple of longitudinal cauls to complete the flattening process. Ha-ha. I like the idea of using the pipe clamp through the dog holes. I’ll be sure to use that in my fiture.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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BENTWOOD

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#5 posted 11-13-2013 01:32 PM

You Sir are a “Clampaholic” :)

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#6 posted 11-13-2013 01:56 PM

Just bought a few of the cheap 12” harbor freight quick clamps for $1.99 each. Too often I find myself need to do a light clamping job and grabbing a clamp way to big for what I need. I guess I’ll see how these work out, they’re okay, but not great so far.

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Tennessee

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#7 posted 11-13-2013 02:00 PM

bigblock I own about thirty of those cheapie HF short clamps, all 6” and 12”. Anything longer and it’s just cheap metal.
I use them for all my small glueups. They work great. For the larger stuff I have an army of hunky Irwins.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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Bogeyguy

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#8 posted 11-13-2013 02:15 PM

After breaking about a half dozen of the HF clamps, I finally declared to myself that they are JUNK.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 11-13-2013 02:32 PM

You’re right about that. I wish that I owned a big clamp company

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 11-13-2013 02:33 PM

“You can never have enough clamps”.

Sometimes when a statement is made often enough, it takes on the aura of truth, when that may not be the case!

Two years ago I attended Graham Blackburn’s class at the WIA conference in Covington, KY. He introduced us to the sliding butt joint. He said that when you joint boards on a power jointer the surface consists of thousands of microscopic “scallops”, and when you place two edges together it would be a miracle if they all matched up.

Blackburn explained, that at a class he taught at the Marc Adams school, he and the class attendants used a hand plane to smooth the previously jointed edges. Then after applying the glue, he placed the edges together, slid them back and forth a couple of times, and then announced that it was time for the lunch break.

“What about the clamps” the class up-roared in unison. We don’t need clamps said Blackburn, going on to say that “you can never have enough clamps” is a cliché fostered on us by the makers and sellers of clamps.

Sure enough, when they returned from lunch, all the joints were perfectly glued.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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BigMig

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#11 posted 11-13-2013 03:14 PM

Yeah, there’s something about the friction between glued parts that allows the glue to (seemingly) set up faster. Friction makes heat and that accelerates the process? Not sure myself, but I’ve seen it work, sometimes to my chagrin.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#12 posted 11-13-2013 03:15 PM

I know these won’t hold up as well as my besseys, but getting 7 of them for half the price of one 12” bessey k-body, I thought they’d at least be worth looking into. Again, I know they won’t offer nearly the power of a quality clamp, but I only need them for lighter jobs where I need several clamps, but not necessarily a lot of clamping force.

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MT_Stringer

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#13 posted 11-13-2013 04:16 PM

I have a dozen or so of the HF 6 inchers and 6 or 8 12 inchers. They work great for the light work. I switch to the heavier clamps for glue ups like cutting boards or edge gluing boards.
I modified some of the clams so I could stick them through the table.

I use the heavier clamps for edge cluing.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#14 posted 11-13-2013 04:39 PM

My problem with the blue handle HF clamps are the handles that strip off and just spin around and around. Not every one if mine has done that but the ones that have it was way too easily, didn’t tighten hardly at all before they came loose.

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#15 posted 11-13-2013 04:45 PM

What are you doing to that poor board in the top photo?
At any rate, it’s not going anywhere.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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