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Workshop operational tips. #35: Remember "Fe$tool VACSYS"...?

01-07-2022 03:00 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 5 comments »

Boys and Girls, I was tossing up where to post this and decided on it as a tip for all you jocks that have fantasised about the Fe$tool VACSYS but deferring it till the dodgy son-in-law and his biker mates manage to pull off that bank job so you could afford the full set. I recently posted a video about my VACSYS,and heard rumblings that it may be discontinued in that there US of the A. While this post is loosely related to the video, my only regret is that I hadn’t bought it y...

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Building a brace till #15: Last drawer boxes / odds and ends

01-01-2022 06:32 PM by Dave Polaschek | 13 comments »

A few odds and ends as I built the last two drawer boxes today. First is one of the steps I don’t think I’ve mentioned in previous write-ups of building a dovetailed box. If the opposing sides of the box are not the same length, it will be very difficult to make a square box. So after cutting the sides, I will match up the opposite sides in my face vise and look at their lengths. If they’re uneven, like this pair are, they will need some clean-up. I do the cleanup with a block plane...

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How To: #1: Clamping Cauls - Making & Using

01-22-2016 01:12 PM by OSU55 | 10 comments »

Clamping cauls are superior to dowels and biscuits for aligning panel glue ups. No, they don’t align the ends of the boards, but biscuits have too much play to do so, and have too much play to align the board edges. Dowels will align the ends, but you need one every 10-12 inches to get the edges to align, and good luck hammering all your pieces together. Various router bit profiles can align the board edges, provided you set the bit exactly right, but provide no end alignment. Granted, you ha...

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Cutting Board Primer #4: Face Grain #4 - short note on clamping

11-17-2015 02:15 AM by Betsy | 3 comments »

Just a short entry tonight – I had a monster show this weekend so I’m going to be making lots of dust between now and Thanksgiving to restock. I plan to take lots of pictures and post short blog entries while I take breaks in working. I want to circle back a step to address one piece of business on clamps from the last entry. It’s not a job breaker – but when I clamp my projects I make sure that all of my bottom clamps are the same size and height. This avoids having have sever...

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How to Reverse a Woodworking Clamp

08-19-2014 03:24 PM by WoodAndShop | 6 comments »

In my above video I share a eureka moment that I had when trying to apply reverse clamping pressure against the walls of my dovetailed tool chest. The original blog post is here. I discovered that I could simply reverse my small Bessey clamp’s jaw and it would push outward instead of inward! It’s kind of hard to explain in words, so just watch the video! I’m not sure if any other clamps can be reversed like this, but I hope it helps. Here is where you can buy these clamps: -Besse...

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Segmented Bowl Clamping Jig

07-03-2013 05:11 PM by lew | 28 comments »

After turning a bowl recently from a solid chunk of log, I thought it might be interesting to try my hand at a segmented bowl. After researching the procedures, I figured I better start with a clamping system to glue the stacked rings. There are a wide variety of clamping devices listed on the various turning sites but they are all discrete units. In my little shop, there just is not any more room for an additional piece. I am at the point where when something comes in- something else has to ...

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Building a Dr. White's Chest #3: Case Construction and Glue-Up

05-02-2013 12:18 PM by DustyMark | 4 comments »

Design Considerations Watch this video to explore design considerations. Solid wood case construction must take into account wood movement. Wood expands and contracts across the grain and does not along the length of the grain. When wood is glued across grain over a long span, it will split when it contracts. NOTE: The drawer frames and the back are all pre-assembled. The back is a mortise and tenon frame which contains six floating solid-wood panels. Clamping rehearsal withou...

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Shop Tips & Tricks #10: Clamping Big Stuff

04-05-2013 09:00 PM by GnarlyErik | 9 comments »

Here are some little tricks you can use when you are trying to clamp something bigger or longer than your available clamps. ‘Joining’ clamps: Sometimes it is possible to simply clamp one clamp to another, with their business (working) dogs to the outside of your work as with pipe clamps, but in the case of door clamps this is hard or impossible to do since you can not rotate the dogs of the clamps. Once neat solution is to use a piece of scrap as a ‘joiner’, sandwiching it between the c...

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Video Quick Tip

02-13-2013 07:32 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 22 comments »

I ran into a situation where my clamping needs exceeded my clamp capacities. I did a quick video to share my solution because it might help someone else in their shop. This video is “quick & dirty” because I wanted to try recording it on my iPhone. I don’t see myself doing that again, but the information is still good and clear. I hope you find it helpful. Your friend in the shop, Todd A. Clippinger Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge

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My TINY shop renovation #1: GAAAAHHHHHHH!! I can't take it ANYMORE!!!!

01-08-2013 04:53 AM by StayinBroke | 6 comments »

Let me start by giving a brief overview of my shop, or the thing I like to call my shop. My “shop” is an 8’x8’ shed that sits in my back yard with an extension cord, or sometimes two, ran out to it from the house. Lets face it, the thing is a mess! I can’t hardly do anything in there! I have 2 workbenches and a whole mess of shelves with no real way to organize anything. One workbench has my scroll saw, drill press, and band saw on it. The other is where I do ev...

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