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Blog series by Mike Throckmorton updated 02-03-2014 05:48 PM 2 parts 3257 reads 13 comments total

Part 1: Once I got started, I couldn't stop....

01-28-2014 02:40 PM by Mike Throckmorton | 12 comments »

I woulda added some c-clamps, but I would have had to walk to fetch them, which would have ruined the moment. What was I clamping? For personal use, I make cup coasters that are as thin as I can make them and about 6” x 6” so I can plunk a cup down on them without really looking: big target and if I miss and set cup on edge of coaster, the cup won’t tip over. I was clamping two very thin pieces of wood with grain oriented 90 deg (ie, home made two ply plywood). ...

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Part 2: Silly trivial clamping assistants

02-03-2014 05:48 PM by Mike Throckmorton | 1 comment »

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 cl...

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