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One of the four pieces Iwon last night is a kit to make 12” wood jawed clamp, the ones with two threaded rods running through a set of wooden jaws. A few holes to drill, and install the all-thread rods. Even has the handles ready to install.

Now, I happen to have some 6/4 by 4” stock in red oad. would it work for this kit”

I don’t think a glue up of old barn siding would work…..


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#1 posted 51 days ago

You can use any hardwood and it will work quite well. I happened to use maple for the pair I made. I remember seeing a pic where someone used a lighter color wood for the outside of the jaws and had a dark piece in the center (walnut, I think). It really looked nice.

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#2 posted 51 days ago

You can use anything, I used plywood for mine.

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#3 posted 50 days ago

If you had a need for it, you could make a very deep engagement clamp from that kit. You don’t have to limit the jaw length to 12”.

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#4 posted 50 days ago

Bandit I made one of ash or box elder (‘pends where y’all are from ;-) , from my family’s old farm, and gave it to my cousin who still lives there, guys are right, anything hardwoodish will work and regardless of the instructions you can make the jaws to your own length..although 24” for a 6” opening might be a tad off..

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