wooden clamp

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Project by antmjr posted 02-28-2010 04:25 PM 13285 views 21 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I begin keeping the things vague, please be patient.

If you want to prepare the mayonnaise, and you well know that most of the times you failed in the past, getting horrendous egg soups instead of a firm alluring substance, the answer is: read the instructions carefully first.

The photos I took in my shop were always horrendous as well, BUT the other day I read the instruction manual for my old camera (obviously I ran into it by mere chance)...and I discovered only now – eight years after the buy – how to get passable pics even if the artificial lighting is dreadful. I post the following project more because of the wish to show you a passable photo reportage from the darkness of my shop then because of the project itself.
My METABO table saw needed some clamps; the original ones are sold for 80 EUR each, the usual option that costs more then the whole car :-).

I clamp the piece of wood to work on the sliding table, and move it without any danger while cutting.

Black locust from my garden; the screws were made out of fresh wood, easier to thread. The capacity is 85 mm, slightly more then the max hight of the blade (smart, isn’t it? think of me while cutting a piece of wood, and discovering later to have cut the clamp too…what a bad day :) ). With little modifications I think they could work fine as bench clamps too.

-- Antonio

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#1 posted 02-28-2010 04:38 PM

Pardon my ignorance, but how do you use these clamps on the table saw? Are they like a featherboard/hold down ? Do you use them with a fence as well?

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#2 posted 02-28-2010 04:42 PM

ah, sorry! I forgot to write that my saw has a sliding table! (I clamp the wood firmly on the sliding table)

-- Antonio

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#3 posted 02-28-2010 04:46 PM

niice clamps


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#4 posted 02-28-2010 04:48 PM

super cool


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#5 posted 02-28-2010 05:51 PM

...if I build a frame for them, then you’ll say I have to frame the frame too…I have only a speed, you know, Mario…
(thank you)
btw: hey, how does it go with your ankle?

-- Antonio

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#6 posted 02-28-2010 05:53 PM

Very clever – and a huge savings in $$$$

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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John Stegall

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#7 posted 02-28-2010 06:00 PM

“Very clever – and a huge savings in $$$$”
At $108 USD each, I’d say you are right on.

Antonio, what did you use to cut the threads with?

It looks like I answered my own question. Looking at your pix on Picasa, I see you have a metal turning lathe.

-- jstegall

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#8 posted 02-28-2010 06:10 PM

John, I used one of these (they are always the same, our world is small)
The only alternative I’m aware of are these ones – made in Germany for those who like to spare something :) – see the tap for 62mm and enjoy.
No, I haven’t used my lathe for wood threading yet, it’s a shame I know, but I haven’t the right cutting tool

-- Antonio

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#9 posted 02-28-2010 06:33 PM

Cool idea.

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Thos. Angle

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#10 posted 02-28-2010 07:48 PM

Really fine workmanship. Thanks for showing us

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 02-28-2010 10:21 PM

Great work Antonio. I love shop made tools. It great to work with stuff you created yourself. I always like to see what you have been up to because I’m never disappointed. I would also like to get your photo secrets, such as the blue background, etc.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 01-23-2012 05:28 PM

Complimenti Antonio! I like its kinda rustic design! Thanks for posting! And thanks for the thread cutter links too!

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#13 posted 02-18-2013 05:51 AM

Those are amazing good work

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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