Tired of spending tons of money on clamps????

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Project by dakremer posted 02-27-2010 05:43 AM 18624 views 81 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a shopmade clamp I made a couple of days ago. It works awesome!! On the third pic, it is clamped to an old damaged coffee table, I was able to pick the table up with the clamp. The only thing i have to change on it (and on future ones) is the “screw in” part – the “wood washer” that touches the piece being clamped is glued and doesn’t rotate freely – this causes it to “walk” when it is being clamped tighter. I have a few ideas on how to fix this, but don’t know if I can explain it. I also want to add some pads on the wood for some better grip. The moveable jaw is locked when at a 90 degree angle, and you can move it up and down the 1×2 when its at a 45 degree angle. I will try and post some pics of the inside of the moveable jaw so you can see how I cut it. Thanks for looking – any questions let me know….Oh yeah, one more thing – its a 4’ long clamp – it cost me less than $5!!!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 02-27-2010 05:53 AM

very cool, look forward to see the inside pics of the sliding jaw, curious to see how you did that

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#2 posted 02-27-2010 06:39 AM

Good investment of your time. You’ll enjoy using this one. If it works as well as you say, I predict it’ll be the first one you reach for.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 02-27-2010 07:16 AM

cool clamp… nicely done…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#4 posted 02-27-2010 07:21 AM

nice clamp one step closer to that coffee table well done

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#5 posted 02-27-2010 10:19 AM

These are going right to the top of my list. I look forward to seeing the internal shot, but my curiosity has got the better of me and I’m going to have to go out to the gearage and try to figure it out right away.

If I understand your comment about the wood washer not sitting flat, then I think this type of hardware might help:

Self Levelling Feet

-- John

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#6 posted 02-27-2010 11:33 AM

Hi I would also like to see a drawing or a inside of the construction.
I must say I never get tired of spending mony on tools, it’s one of the few things I really love to spend my mony one…
But my bank sometimes have a different oppininon, and my wonderful French girlfriend sometimes look at me like if I hade a strange decease when I full of exitement tell her about a old hand plane or just a saw with beautiful teeth…
And yes, it’s a pleasure to make things, sometimes for me the process are much better in my heart then the result.
Thank you for posting,
Mads (Denmark)

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 02-27-2010 12:03 PM

What a great Idea! Very intersting idea you have posted. Look fwd to more info, Bravo!!!!!

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

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#8 posted 02-27-2010 01:47 PM

Cool. I see a potential use for some pallet lumber that I just picked up. One idea comes to mind. To make the sliding jaw easier to build, you could possibly use 1/4 brass or steel dowels placed at the appropriate spots would hold it at 90 degrees. I imagine that this is almost as strong as some of the steel clamps you might buy, but much lighter. I like it.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#9 posted 02-27-2010 02:00 PM

very nice, do you think you can get full clamping force out of the thing?

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#10 posted 02-27-2010 03:31 PM

Neat idea.

If word of this gets around, you could put Bessey out of business.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#11 posted 02-27-2010 05:11 PM

Good idea. I could see lots of possibilities with those.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#12 posted 02-27-2010 05:37 PM

Great idea! and beats the heck out of paying $50 a clamp, nice work.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#13 posted 02-27-2010 05:50 PM

i’d also like to know more about the design. what type of hardware did you use to house the threaded rod part? just a bolt epoxied in, or something else?

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#14 posted 02-27-2010 06:18 PM

Great!! Leather pad glued on with contact cement will work great. I think I need to go get some Ash.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#15 posted 02-28-2010 01:55 AM

Amazingly, yesterday I saw a video showing such clamp and I was going to come up with it. Watch.

Seing yours, now I understand!!! (LOL)



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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