Advanced wood glue up clamping jig

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Project by Mark55 posted 05-17-2015 11:14 PM 6384 views 29 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this this Jig to help in my glue up clamping process. While there are many ways to hold boards together while clamping, many times it involves extra clamps holding straight edge boards on the ends to prevent slipping.
My intention was to help eliminate this.
The way this works is it clamps down at the same time it is clamping the glued boards together to help keep things straight and in line.
Here is a youtube video that helps show the concept.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#1 posted 05-18-2015 03:57 AM

I checked out the video, interesting. Lots of potential.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 05-18-2015 02:39 PM

I have been using same thing for years, using metal instead of wood. Works great.

-- 1tatonkajim

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#3 posted 05-18-2015 02:52 PM

That’s a good idea. Would work great for cutting boards.

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#4 posted 05-18-2015 03:31 PM

very clever! I wiil make a copy. Thanks!

-- panosam

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#5 posted 05-18-2015 04:43 PM

That’s cool is that something you made or is it manufactured?

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#6 posted 05-18-2015 07:33 PM

Very cool – great idea!

-- Geoff

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#7 posted 05-18-2015 07:40 PM

Very clever idea. Do you happen to have a set of plans for making that?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#8 posted 05-18-2015 09:28 PM

Very good idea. Thanks for sharing.

-- @alexey_Khasyanov

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#9 posted 05-20-2015 03:09 PM

I do not have a set of plans right now but I can give you a quick overview of the one I built.
These can be made any size depending on your needs.
Here is what this one is.
Rails are 32” long 2.5” high and 1.5” wide made from 2×4s. I drilled a 3/8 ” hole in each end 1.5 ” in and 1” up from the bottom.

The arms on the ends are 3/4 ” plywood. They are 1.25” wide and 7” long. Drill all holes 3/8 ”. The bottom hole is up 3/4 inch centered from the bottom. The next hole is 4” up from the center of bottom hole. The next 2 holes are 1” up from each other. Make sure you use a jig to drill everything to make everything the same.
The top rail has a series of holes for the cam. You can put in as many as you think you need.
I bolted the arm brackets on with 3/8” bolts on the bottom rail. All the holes in the top rail and upper arm holes I ran the next size bigger drill bit through to make it easier to put the pins through. The pins are just 3/8 inch steel rod I cut about 5” long.
The cam layout is a 5” circle with the pivot hole drilled 1” left of center as the arm is straight in the air.
I hope this is enough info if not let me know.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#10 posted 05-20-2015 07:06 PM

Thank You Mark. I will delve into your instructions later and let you know how it turned out. Thanks again

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#11 posted 02-16-2019 04:57 AM

If anyone is interested I just finished making a Sketchup drawing of this. Let me know and I will send it to anyone who wants one. I went with everything from your description above I hope Mark. I travel for a living so I don’t get a chance to actually build anything very often. So I find the things I WANT to build and draw them up so that I can build them “one day”. Hope this helps and sorry if I overstepped my… cant think of the word but I hope everyone likes this

-- Josh - (I'll come up with a witty quote later)

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