Wedge Clamp Board

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Project by cstrang posted 01-10-2010 06:48 PM 7317 views 42 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a wedge board… I guess that the best name I can put on it lol. I got the basic idea from a cabinetmaking book, they suggested putting two pieces of scrap on your bench and screwing them down, but who wants to put holes in their bench? So I thought this would be a better solution, it is a 4×8 sheet of melamine with pine edging. It folds flat against the wall for storage and pops out when needed. The middle bar is moveable and you place it about 1.5” above your piece that you wish to clamp, insert the wedges and let it be till the glue dries. If I was to do it again I think I would put two T-tracks along either side instead of having to use clamps and I am going to replace the middle piece with some hard maple because there is flex in the pine when you apply force, other than that it works great. If there is any squeeze out it comes off the melamine easily and best of all… no iron bleed. I have glued up cabinet doors and some panels on this so far.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#1 posted 01-10-2010 06:50 PM

Great idea, great job thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 01-10-2010 07:09 PM

Great idea. I like, it got me to thinking.

Only issue might be the need to bang the wedges tight and the occassional miss. Consider a slight adjustment to your idea using a toggle clamp. And another newer toggle clamp design.

By adjusting the glue ups position and adding a bit more support then all is needed is the flip of a lever. With a bit more thinking I bet one could figure out how to make and use a sliding cam clamp similar to what OBI shown and used for his guitars

Just fodder for the brain.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#3 posted 01-10-2010 07:30 PM

Looks simple and effective. I think something like this would also be a great idea for wood carvers. Well done!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-10-2010 07:52 PM

I’ve got to say, every project you put up just amazes me more and more. I had to check out your home page and was startled to find out how young you are (I know, age is relative). Hope you don’t mind, you’re my newest bud, can’t wait to see more. The school you attend has at least one star pupil (or does the credit go to your uncle?).

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#5 posted 01-10-2010 08:35 PM

Really great project, Chris!!

Instead of hard Maple, maybe a piece of LVL would flex even less.


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

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#6 posted 01-10-2010 09:45 PM

Wow, a very good clamping station. You will be copied. And buddied. We look forward to more improvements to your design.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#7 posted 01-11-2010 12:45 AM

Neat idea! I just need to claim some wall space …

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 01-11-2010 12:53 AM

great idea


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#9 posted 01-11-2010 01:14 AM

That would help to keep the assembly table clear too.
Great idea.

-- Rick, Pa. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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#10 posted 01-11-2010 03:58 AM

Simple and effective. Two of my favorite words. Thanks for the idea. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 01-11-2010 04:15 AM

Awesome to see someone else that uses wedge clamps! i really like this, i have been using a sheet of plastic with 2×4’s clamped across it. this is much more elegant!

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#12 posted 01-11-2010 04:47 PM

Cool, ideas, I’m always looking for a new gadget to build.

-- Jeff Coulam, Lakeway Texas

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#13 posted 01-11-2010 07:07 PM

Great ideas, nice to see people thinking… that is why I love this site.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#15 posted 01-15-2010 10:59 PM

I wish that I had the wallspace to devote to this great idea : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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