clamp jig

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Project by hairy posted 09-24-2008 01:15 AM 3413 views 22 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I copied this from the picture frame jigs I’ve seen in catalogs. I have almost $5 wrapped up in this. I glued up strips of red oak ( I scored a mucho pile of red oak) 1 &1/2” x 1 & 1/2” by I forgot. I rabetted out 3/4” x 3/4” with the stacked dado. Cut into 1 &1/2” sections. Drilled holes. The 2 opposite corners are alike, you don’t have 4 identical pieces. At least I didn’t. 1/4” threaded rod was the big expense. Wing nuts are cheap. The box I glued up with this is 4” x 8” x 16”. It came together tight and square easily. I can see making these in any size I need.

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#1 posted 09-24-2008 01:56 AM

I have one similar to this. The only problem I have with it is that no matter what size frame I need to make, the wing nut are always at the opposite setting!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-24-2008 02:06 AM

I’m going to have to try this, This is SO simple, that I think I might even be able to pull it off. ;)

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#3 posted 09-24-2008 02:11 AM

I agree with oldskoolmodder; SO simple, inexpensive, and cool.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#4 posted 09-24-2008 04:51 AM

nice…but aint that alot of wingnut turning?

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#5 posted 09-24-2008 03:25 PM

The good thing about wingnuts is that they spin really well. Occasionally I even make something to fit the wingnut inside to make it even easier to grasp. I think this is a great idea, with lots of expansion possibilities.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#6 posted 09-24-2008 07:12 PM

Look for some speed nuts Lee Valley. (Item D in the pic)


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#7 posted 09-24-2008 09:58 PM

If the wingnuts are at the opposite end, you can always chuck up the rod in your drill, grab the wingnut, and pull the trigger!

-- Bruce, San Jose, Ca

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#8 posted 09-25-2008 04:15 AM

That is a simple solution to not having enough clamps or hands when gluing up a big box. Nice idea.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#9 posted 04-13-2009 02:17 AM

Very handy!!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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