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Project by Kent Shepherd posted 04-05-2010 09:56 PM 6937 views 19 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We frequently do mitered frame raised panel doors in my door shop. So far we have been using the Festool Domino to join the frame until we have the volume to justify a production machine. I was helping my son do an order and got frustrated clamping the pieces to cut the mortise. Having been raised in a production environment, I kept thinking there has to be a simple, better way. I didn’t have time to spend because of a deadline. This is the clamp I came up with. During the entire job I kept tweaking it until I ended up with this.
Even though it was designed for a specific purpose, I felt it might be useful for many other applications.

You can see I placed a spring under the clamp to keep it raised to change pieces. That, with the cam lever to lock down the clamp, make it very fast and easy to use.

I believe it is self explanatory, but if you have questions on the build, just ask.


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#1 posted 04-05-2010 10:16 PM

That is a very good “on the fly” solution!

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#2 posted 04-05-2010 10:17 PM

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#3 posted 04-05-2010 11:05 PM


A great solution.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 04-05-2010 11:28 PM

Great idea.
This will become handy on my MFT, thank you for the idea.

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

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#5 posted 04-06-2010 12:35 AM

Very Clever !!
I love simple solutions to frustrating wood issues.
Great job :)


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#6 posted 04-06-2010 04:33 AM

Hey Kent,
Even Archimedes would be happy with that.

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#7 posted 04-06-2010 04:50 AM

good idea, this is going in my “hmm, y’never know” pile :D

-- - 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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#8 posted 04-06-2010 10:06 AM

I love those cam locks – I have them on my router table fence.

I think the spring idea is very good.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#9 posted 04-06-2010 11:59 AM

brilliant and as you said very self explanatory

but as always i have a stupid question did you also turn the pieces around and use it to glue them together (it looks like it could be used for that)


PS i love the cam locks too

-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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#10 posted 04-06-2010 03:22 PM

Hooky—We don’t glue the joints that way. We have 2 JLT pneumatic door clamps that are used for all our doors.They clamp both ways and square the door all at once. I’m sure it would work though.

Thanks everyone for the interest (and the nice comments)


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#11 posted 04-06-2010 09:42 PM

Great idea.

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#12 posted 04-06-2010 09:45 PM

I have a few of these clamps too .I bought them on ebay were designed so I am led to believe for securing bicycle wheels for quick removal.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#13 posted 04-07-2010 12:50 AM

Smart idea Kent.
A set of those will come in handy.

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#14 posted 04-14-2010 05:19 PM

Good idea Kent. I don’t have cam locks like that readily available here, but I think I could easily make some from threaded rod and plywood. They sure look handy.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 04-14-2010 05:29 PM

COOL! Great idea!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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