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03-03-2009 07:42 PM

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!!!



-- jay Rambling on and on again

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#1 posted 03-03-2009 07:46 PM

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

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 03-03-2009 07:49 PM

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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#3 posted 03-03-2009 07:50 PM

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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#4 posted 03-03-2009 07:56 PM

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.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#5 posted 03-03-2009 08:11 PM

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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#6 posted 03-03-2009 08:16 PM

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

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#7 posted 03-03-2009 08:37 PM

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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#8 posted 03-03-2009 08:37 PM

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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Alex Lane

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#9 posted 03-03-2009 08:39 PM

Let me do a little unpaid advertising…
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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#10 posted 03-03-2009 09:56 PM

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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#11 posted 03-03-2009 11:25 PM

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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#12 posted 03-04-2009 12:03 AM

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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Alex Lane

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#13 posted 03-04-2009 12:24 AM

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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Alex Lane

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#14 posted 03-04-2009 12:30 AM

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…


-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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#15 posted 03-04-2009 12:55 AM

...round here OCD is the norm….

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