New Kind of Woodworking Clamp! #1: Andy Klein is at it again!

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Blog entry by CharlieK posted 12-01-2015 11:36 PM 3682 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of New Kind of Woodworking Clamp! series Part 2: EVEN BETTER! Andy redesigned his 4-way parallel clamp. Check it out! »

Andy Klein invented a new kind of woodworking clamp. He modified a regular parallel clamp so that it can be used as both a regular parallel clamp for day to day clamping tasks AND it can also be used as a panel clamp when you want to glue up a panel.

The way I got involved with this is that Andy asked me to make the wooden parts for the prototype. The reason he didn’t make the wooden parts himself is because he recently relocated from Minneapolis to Denver and he hasn’t been able to set up his wood shop yet.

Check this out and let me know what you think.


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#1 posted 12-01-2015 11:59 PM

That is really nice. That cam provides the force along the Z axis. I’m surprised that the clamp manufacturers didn’t think of it first. They’ll probably start making these and reap the rewards.

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#2 posted 12-02-2015 01:59 AM


You’re putting those engineering talents to work! Like me you need a spelling checker. LOL! I’d suggest you get a patent on it asap?

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Oh yeah, you’re getting better in your stage presence. No nervousness detected here.

Great video!

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#3 posted 12-02-2015 02:54 AM

I don’t think Andy is up for manufacturing and marketing these himself. I just hope some manufacturer or retailer picks up on these.

Glad to hear my videos are improving!


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#4 posted 12-02-2015 03:44 AM

Very clever… they do look awful heavy though.

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#5 posted 12-02-2015 04:43 AM

Thanks Matt.

Actually they are not much heavier than regular parallel clamps.

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#6 posted 12-02-2015 02:18 PM

I watched the video twice and think this is a good idea. Has it been tested on cheaper clamps since you said this can be used on any type of clamp? Knowing that some clamps bend when tightened to much, I’m wondering how this would effect it.

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#7 posted 12-02-2015 03:42 PM

HI Dave,

Thanks for the thoughtful feedback. The panel in the video is about 32” wide and bowing wasn’t a problem. That said, I do know what you are saying and I certainly have seen bowing in the past.

The clamps in the video are just prototypes that we put together to prove the concept. Making and testing the prototypes took a lot of time and a bit of money, too. Since the prototypes did successfully prove the concept then we are not likely to make more of them.

Our hope now is that someone will pick it up from this point to tweak the design and get it out to market.


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