Clamp Stands, I see some cutting boards in my future

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Project by CueballRosendaul posted 03-02-2015 03:14 PM 3942 views 21 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During the glue up of my guitchair rebuild project (, I struggled with clamps tipping over and tipping off the edge of the bench in order to swing the screw handle on the pipe clamps. That combined with the itch to make some cutting boards drove me to make a pair of clamp stands.

Dimensions are roughly 2 1/2” on the uprights and 3” on the flat. I was using scrap maple, so I made it work with what I had but I wanted the base to be wide enough to not tip over and the upright piece tall enough to allow me to crank the handle of a pipe clamp.

Before cutting the upright piece in half, I marked a line with 1” increments and drilled every other one with a 7/8” forstner bit. After slicing through the path of the holes, I clamped them together and notched them with a dado blade set to about 5/16” on the increments between the holes. That way I can use either my pipe clamps, or my Bessey/Jorgenson clamps depending on the project.

The maple was some old trim I pulled out of a Bill Knapps restaurant we remodeled several years ago. It had an existing finish on it which I sanded off (mostly) and topped with some old Jacobean stain that needs to get used up. I celebrated the completion by taking the remaining pieces of maple from the board and gluing up a small cutting board.

A Scotty Lewis board is next on the list: after the chair is done of course.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#1 posted 03-02-2015 08:29 PM

Great idea!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#2 posted 03-02-2015 10:29 PM

I’ve seen these before, but you have made one set to handle both styles. I like your take on it!

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#3 posted 03-03-2015 02:12 AM

Nice Multi-purpose design—I definitely like it.

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#4 posted 03-03-2015 06:44 AM

Fantastic idea! Now I know what I’m building before batching out some cutting boards.

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#5 posted 03-03-2015 11:16 AM

AWESOME combination stands. I like how you incorporated bar and pipe clamps into you stands.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#6 posted 03-03-2015 02:55 PM

You got chocolate in my peanut butter!

Nice job dude, those look really convenient.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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