the 'best' miter clamping jig yet ... (imho)

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Project by dan mosheim posted 03-06-2011 11:54 PM 15027 views 217 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

after struggling with this glue up and clamping process for, oh, 30 years or so, i think i have finally ‘solved’ the problem .. it’s a simple jig, cut into four pieces, one for each corner. made with minimal materials, time and effort; imho, it takes care of the problem once and for all … detailed instructions for fabrication and use on my dorset custom furniture blog... let me know if it works for you …. i bet it will … dan

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 03-07-2011 12:22 AM

Nice jig…..but I’ve had no issues with using good ol’ spring pinch clamps. Other than the little poke mark (which pretty much disappears on finishing), they work perfect for me.

-- Paul

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#2 posted 03-07-2011 01:30 AM

What a fantastic idea, I just read the whole how to on your blog,

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#3 posted 03-07-2011 02:07 AM

Looks like a winner!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 03-07-2011 02:26 AM

great work and a very neat idea. Where do you get your abalone from?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#5 posted 03-07-2011 02:31 AM

Nice work !!!

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#6 posted 03-07-2011 03:12 AM

Very smart jig. Looking forward to try it. Tks for sharing.

-- Paul, Plantagenet, Ontario

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#7 posted 03-07-2011 03:13 AM

Great job Dan. Most of the time simple is the best answer. I will file this one under the to do list.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#8 posted 03-07-2011 04:13 AM

wow! this is a hot one … i knew i wasn’t the only one wrestling with this problem … thanks for your commments … i hope it works as well for you as it did for us … and for ‘big ike’, we get our abalone from luthier supply a TRULY great source for all things mother of pearl and abalone and general luthier supplies … fast, efficient, reasonable prices and shipping … tell him will from dcf sent you … dan

-- dan,vermont,

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#9 posted 03-07-2011 06:34 AM

Great idea Dan.

It beats corner clamps.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 03-07-2011 07:59 AM

Yup, very nicely done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#11 posted 03-07-2011 10:08 AM

I was about to make some for making a picture frame, but I like your’s better. GEt it all set up prefect, then separate ;-) Great idea. Did you consider relieving the corners? or have a reason I am not thinking of to leave them sharp and full?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 03-07-2011 10:41 PM

Just what I need for an upcoming job! Thanks for sharing this idea.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#13 posted 03-10-2011 04:05 AM

i love it
how about one for a hexagon or octagon DAN ?
should solve the problem there too
my respect for the simplicity !!!!!


-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 03-14-2011 05:38 AM

I think you have had a stoke of Genius!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#15 posted 04-01-2011 12:25 PM

Simple… and efficient…. and a pure joy….

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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