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Forum topic by Ken90712 posted 09-28-2014 01:56 PM 1064 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-28-2014 01:56 PM

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I recieved a email from Woodpeckers tool sale for some Glue-up Panel Blocks. I thought thats a cool idea and a quick way to keep boards flat while gluing them up. While the price seemed fair, I have a close friend thats has a machine shop and we always like hanging out and working together. He has alot of materaial stocked up over the years as well. So this is what we came up with.

Size is 7” x 3” x 1 1/2” Aluminum. We machined them on the Brigeport, cut a 3/4 inch wide by 1/4 deep glue channel for the glue to escape. Cut 1 inch by 3 1/2 long finger grooves on all sides. Located 1/2 inch hole for the rod and threaded the bottom blocks with 1/4 20 threads. Cut the 1/2 rod ends down to 1/4 and cut threads on one end and 1/4 shoulder end for the top knobs. Put two spings approx 3 1/2 for slight tension while opening and closing. They work like a champ.

The wood you see is only scrap and not cut or ready for glue up, was for display only. I waxed the insides so the glue doesnt stick. OVER KILL YES BUT HOW FUN.

All comments always welcome.

This is Woodperckers idea.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 09-28-2014 02:10 PM

Are you taking orders?? ;^)

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#2 posted 09-28-2014 02:57 PM

I love making homemade tools like this. They typically work better, are the correct size, and do exactly what you want. Made in America

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#3 posted 09-28-2014 04:15 PM

That’s a slick idea, Ken…...Prolly cheaper in the long run to make your own, since you have a bud that does that kind of work…..To me, Woodpeckers is way too high on their products….My motta is: “Why buy it when you can build it”.....It should work like a charm, or champ, as you put it…....Sweet….

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#4 posted 09-28-2014 06:13 PM


Great project. Nice play room for making this. What was your cost and time involvement?

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#5 posted 09-28-2014 06:19 PM

Send me a set so I can write up a valid woodworker review lol… Nice work Ken, cheers!

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#6 posted 09-28-2014 08:47 PM

Looks great and an improvement on the shop bought ones…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#7 posted 09-29-2014 01:09 AM

Nice going, Ken!

Looks like you guys Nailed it!

How much are they?
... different sizes… for wider boards?


Thank you!

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#8 posted 09-29-2014 12:59 PM

Nice job.
Always good to know people in the know…

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#9 posted 09-29-2014 03:17 PM

Thx everyone, my buddy Paul has taught me so much about welding and machining he’s truly a genius. Has a lot of patience for us 100 mile per hour personality types as well. It took us about 7 hours with both us using machines at the same time. Started with rough stock that was scrap he had.

The time spent was more fun than work. Probably would have been quicker if he did it alone without his apprentice, lol….cost is hard being it was all scraps and the only thing I bought were the springs. 6 bucks. Metal is really expensive here in Los Angeles like everything else lol.

Thx again all missed you guys this summer

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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