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jm540

150 posts in 2024 days


1976 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: humor question clamp joining

this is a pretty typical glue up round here and I had wished for 3 more clamps on one.
This brought me to some other questions like
what do other people’s glue ups look like?
How many clamps and what kind do you guys have?
am I totally insane?
I think I may need to go buy more clamps!!!

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-- jay Rambling on and on again


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Russel

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#1 posted 1976 days ago

I’ve heard it said and I believe it, “You can’t have too many clamps.”

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 1976 days ago

That’s a lot of clamps. Bt is it too many?

I’d say you need enough clamps and enough pressure to close the joint. But that can vary depending on the job. There is no way to say you need a clamp every (x) number of inches.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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tinnman65

1111 posts in 2019 days


#3 posted 1976 days ago

I heard it once said that “Clamps are like money in the bank, you can never have to many”. With that said, I was at a woodworking school that had a least 20 grand in clamps and we still had to go and buy pipe clamps that were long enough so we could do a proper glue-up on the work benches we were making.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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hairy

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#4 posted 1976 days ago

jay, you got a problem, and you came to the right place. A little retail therapy at the clamp store is all you need. Good luck, we’re pulling for you.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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dsb1829

367 posts in 2232 days


#5 posted 1976 days ago

With quick grip clamps that looks about right. I usually reach for the parallel clamps, they cover a bit more ground. Add cauls and they stretch even farther. The quick type clamps are handy, but you are seeing first hand one of the down-sides.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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jm540

150 posts in 2024 days


#6 posted 1976 days ago

I have besseysbut not enough
these were small profiled parts I was afraid to crush it with calls andit is small so it bends so alotta clamps

-- jay Rambling on and on again

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Francisco Luna

936 posts in 1998 days


#7 posted 1976 days ago

Technically, This type of Quick-grip Clamps are designed for “on the fly” holds, but they are not really designed for a final gluing where good preassure is required. In a situation like this, I would preffer any sliding-arm bar clamp with screw, like the Tradesmen Bessey (germany, not the china ones) or Jorgensen.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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Brad_Nailor

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#8 posted 1976 days ago

Quick grips are great for general construction and to hold jigs and bench fixtures in place but they just don’t have the nut to really be effective in woodworking. I have a variety of clamps..pipe clamps, bar clamps and allot of Bessys…I like them the best..they are good quality and always stay parallel and sit flat on the bench. They are a bit expensive but clamping can be the toughest and most stressfull part of a project, and to have to fool with clamps when you have setting glue is no fun!

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alanealane

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#9 posted 1976 days ago

Let me do a little unpaid advertising…
www.bowclamp.com
You only need two clamps!!

...end of story.
Just kidding! ;-D

WOW, What a great product!!
Every woodworker should have these (IMHO).

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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jm540

150 posts in 2024 days


#10 posted 1976 days ago

alane those look cool but at the cost I think I would just buy more besseys

-- jay Rambling on and on again

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Kindlingmaker

2654 posts in 2131 days


#11 posted 1976 days ago

There is no such thing as too many clamps, too much Hg or PSI. Well maybe there could be a little too much PSI…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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cabinetmaster

10874 posts in 2163 days


#12 posted 1976 days ago

Yep…...........Norm has always said”You can never have enough clamps” and boy how true that is.
Alanealane….......I just looked at those bowclamps and I like what I saw, I had vever heard of them before now. Thanks for the link.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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alanealane

365 posts in 2495 days


#13 posted 1976 days ago

Jay, one thing these can do that a normal parallel clamp can’t is get TO THE MIDDLE OF A WIDE PANEL OR A RAIL/STILE when doing carcass and face-frame construction, or when veneering sheets on a substrate… and that impressed me greatly. I just spent almost $400 on a Vacuum veneering system and now I sort of wish I had seen these first!! LOL

I haven’t gotten any Bowclamp yet, but I think I will. If anyone beats me to it, PLEASE POST A REVIEW ON LJ FOR US ALL TO CHECK OUT!! I’ll be sure to do that when I get mine…

And the guy who owns the Bowclamp site/company CLAIMS that it’s difficult to make your own and get ‘even clamping pressure’. Maybe that’s true, but I think some of us cheapo woodworkers could make a pretty close copy for ourselves and have quite good results. Maybe even buy one of each size, and use them as templates to make more FOR OURSELVES. Please don’t violate this guy’s copyright(s)...

Take care all!! ;-D

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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alanealane

365 posts in 2495 days


#14 posted 1976 days ago

I just checked pricing, and you can get a pack of 2 of each size Bowclamp for less than the cost of the same amount of Bessey clamps, but you gain the potential clamping capability of a few dozen Parallels!!

Now I own Besseys and Gross-Stabil Parallel clamps, but this thing just made the plain ol’ affordable f-style bar clamps look REALLY GOOD!!

...ok, ok, I’ll get off my stool now…

;-D

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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dennis mitchell

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#15 posted 1976 days ago

...round here OCD is the norm….

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