Woodworking Tip...How to make poorboy Parallel Clamps

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 02-15-2011 02:12 AM 9084 reads 7 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever need an extra clamp?

Watch and learn how to easily make a very simple and effective woodworking clamp.

How to make poorboy Parallel Clamps


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#1 posted 02-15-2011 02:29 AM

Great tip and great video. Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#2 posted 02-15-2011 02:57 AM

have to say I”m not sure how I feel about those.
But glad I seen it.

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#3 posted 02-15-2011 03:00 AM

it doesn’t get any simpler than that. nice clamps. if they would try to slip at all, a bit of sandpaper would be enough to hold it. very neat, simple idea

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#4 posted 02-15-2011 03:51 AM

What a SLICK & Easy way to get it done!!

Really nice technique!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#5 posted 02-15-2011 05:54 AM

christopheralan…Thanks for taking a look. Glad you find it of value. Be sure to use pillow blocks (typically softer wood than the material being glued-up.)

Paul…It’s normal to be somewhat skeptical of this technique. Many other woodworkers will be skeptical as well and attempt to over-analyze the method. Perhaps one feels this way because of its simplicity. I too felt this way in the beginning and also after gluing up 300-400 panels. A part of me is still thinking it can’t be an effective way of doing glue ups. However, experience tells me different. All I can say is give it a try and see if it works for you. It only takes a few minutes to find out for yourself.

Roger…There’s really no need to be concerned about slipping really. The important thing is to create the angle as you see in the video. It’s pretty easy to get a feel for this. In the video the two boards together measure about 14” wide. I made the spacing of the pillow blocks about 14-1/4.” The angle created is plenty snug for the amount of time it takes for the glue to set-up properly. It’s easy to think that it could slip though. In a short time one gains a good feel for what is required to make it work. Thanks for taking a look and commenting.

Joe…This one’s for you. Knew you would appreciate and enjoy its simplicity.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#6 posted 02-15-2011 06:20 AM


thank you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 02-15-2011 06:25 AM

Clever idea and good thinking putting it in video. I wouldn’t have believed it otherwise. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 02-15-2011 06:37 AM

I bet Rockler is working on getting this video off the internet as we speak.
Great technique.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 02-15-2011 06:49 AM

nice job on the vid. I have always wondered why more guys don’t make thier own clamps out of scrap?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 02-15-2011 03:22 PM

I watched this last night and could help but chuckle thinking about how we tend to complicate things so much (at least I do a lot…lol). Simple, effective, and the price is definitely right. A must for me to remember!

Thanks for showing us a cheaper way to skin a cat…lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 02-15-2011 04:48 PM

Easy peasy.

I use a similar technique with double-wedges that get tapped into place.

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#12 posted 02-15-2011 06:04 PM

Thats very clever…

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Bob Simmons

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#13 posted 02-15-2011 08:04 PM

Patron…Glad you enjoy it. You’re welcome!

Swirt…Believing is seeing…;)

pintodeluxe…Once they gets it off the internet they may just put it back on with a new brand (theirs).

TopamaxSurvivor…Thanks…There probably are a guys out there who have made their own clamps out of scrap. However, we are yet to see their clamps. It would be interesting to see what they have made.

Dan…I have to laugh a bit too. While I did have more film to put in the video I had to stop myself from entering more. I came to the conclusion that less is more...;)
You’re right it is cheaper. Plus, we usually have the necessary resources available in our shops.

hobomonk…A few viewers told me that they had anticipated wedges being driven when they watched the video. That’s a great idea too! Thanks for watching.

Houtje…thanks! Glad you enjoy it.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#14 posted 02-15-2011 08:16 PM

Sweet !!! Now to have scraps glue scraps !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#15 posted 02-15-2011 08:27 PM

DaddyZ…It’s coming full circle…;)

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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