Clamp Extensions

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Project by Spacehog posted 03-26-2016 09:29 PM 2372 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some clamp extensions I made recently for my coffee table project. My longest clamps are 48” long, but they weren’t long enough as my 2nd picture shows. So what to do? I suppose I could have bought some pipe clamps and tried to find pipes that were a good size. But Instead I decided to make these things, which ended up working quite well! I made sure to countersink the bolts so that the extensions can lay flat. Also the 3rd picture shows how I left the very bottom piece longer than the middle piece. That is to keep the extension from slipping off the edge if I really crank up the pressure. The result is that I have to weigh down the opposite side, but that wasn’t a big deal. I clamped to full pressure 2 of my strongest clamps per extension set, and they worked like a charm! I’m very pleased with them, and I’m going to keep them for sure.

I doubt that I’m the first person to make something like this, but I will say that I conceived of it without having seen them. It’s fun to invent solutions like this in my opinion. I’m almost as pleased with the clamp extensions as I am with the table! Well, maybe not that much.

-- Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might...

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#1 posted 03-26-2016 10:23 PM

Great job! I’ve had times when I needed something like this. I will be using this idea in the future. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 03-26-2016 10:53 PM

Yeah, no problem! I’m just happy that someone can take something helpful from me for once. I’ve taken more than my fair share of ideas from this site and I plan to take more in the future!

-- Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might...

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#3 posted 03-27-2016 11:58 AM

Great, you just gave me one of those “DUH” moments.
I have struggled with how to clamp boards without longer clamps before.
This seems so obvious now.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#4 posted 03-27-2016 01:15 PM

Thanks for posting, will have to file this one in my gray matter if I have need of something like this.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 03-28-2016 01:28 AM

Excellent idea. Have to look into making a few just in case. Would have been nice a few weeks ago when I went and got a longer pipe. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 03-28-2016 10:54 PM

Nice that’ll work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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