Clamping Strategies #2: Silly trivial clamping assistants

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Blog entry by Mike Throckmorton posted 02-03-2014 05:48 PM 1684 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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One day, clamping up a ply box, I felt the need to lift the victim box off the work “bench” (I have no real workbench per se, just segments strewn about) to ease the placement of clamping devices.

I made a couple quickie things (jig is too noble a name) to help:

These things let me place clamps comfortably and, in other applications, clamp other clamping assistants to them.

Here’s a sample of simply using them to loft objects to be clamped up a bit for easier clamping:

There are convenient gaps to fit clamps into and pass straps through, etc.

I’m sure there are a million better ways to do what I needed to do, but I came up with these simple things in a pre-complicated glue-up mental haze and they did the job without complicated construction or actual deep thinking.

I do think of improvements, but until there is an actual reason, I’ll just dig these out when they seem helpful.

Note: in the usage example shown, one of the support rails used to support the 2 strips of junk ply together is a bit torqued. Don’t worry about it.

Note: I am gluing together multiple sections of junk ply to build a mockup of a thing two of my daughters wish me to build for kitchen storage. I seems a potential fail in design so I am building a mockup out of waste before spending money (their money, but still….).

Thing they want:

Seems tall and skinny to pile a lot of canned goods in. I’m sure something like that can be made to work, with proper support from adjacent wall and fridge, but I bet there are some important subtleties.

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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#1 posted 02-07-2015 01:36 PM

Forget wrestling with the wood devils, you seem to have created the wood inquisition with those clamps.

Just looked at the pull-out pantry link. I don’t think I’d go there but you can!
Love these blogs of yours. It’s reassuring to know that other woodchucks are enjoying themselves as much as I.


-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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