Small parts clamping jig

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Project by George_SA posted 05-12-2012 08:27 PM 4124 views 17 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Adjustable Clamping Jig from the weekly tips from Woodsmith and ShopNotes sent by e-mail The jig was made from scrap wood lying around the shop. The arm with the half circles was reclaimed from another project that did not work out so well. I tried it today and it works quite well.

I made mine a bit bigger than the original plan and I added some runners to give the dowels more wood to hold them when clamping.

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#1 posted 05-12-2012 08:31 PM

Cool idea! Now you’ve made me put another item on my list.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 05-12-2012 08:45 PM

hi great clamp must make one of thous thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 05-12-2012 08:56 PM

Pretty nifty clamp!!!!!!!!! I may borrow your idea!...........Thanks, .Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 05-12-2012 11:30 PM

This is a bit similar to what they recommend for the 3-D pantograph with router for holding the wood to make signs. Yours is better with the adjusting ability using the holes. I’ve been needing multiple different width spacers the other way.


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#5 posted 05-13-2012 05:33 AM

I like it… thanks for posting the link and your pics.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#6 posted 05-13-2012 03:41 PM

Hi George, thanks for sharing that idea. Well done.

Did you ever figure out the wood species you posted a few days ago? I thought the SA in your moniker meant San Antonio. I’m Texas-centric. I though it looked like an ironwood species, maybe a mesquite. Just wondering.

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#7 posted 05-13-2012 03:47 PM

excellent !

thanks for the share

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 05-13-2012 06:03 PM

Hi David
I also thought about ironwood from the looks of it. I did a float test and it floated. If I remember correctly ironwood doesn’t float, so that rules that out. Also I am not sure how readily available ironwood would be in South Africa. Also the fence comes from more than 50 years ago and it is quite difficult to determine what types of wood was available here at that stage.

The best that I can determine from my internet research is a type of rosewood, but can’t really decide which type. It is difficult to do a color match due to the lighting effects with the photos. In the mean time the piece that I posted the photos of is on my desk as a paper weight. That was the top of the fence post that I cut off to see what it looked like. I am still toying with ideas of what to make from it. I haven’t started cutting it yet because my table saw has developed a wobble in the blade that I have to sort out. The wobble causes quite a rough cut. With the hardness of the wood I want the cuts to be as smooth as possible to minimize the sanding afterwards.

The SA is a tag I added a few years back when I started chatting on the internet forums. It actually stand for George from South Africa :-) I am a Louis LaMour fan and would like to visit the US at some stage, but traveling there from SA is quite expensive.

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#9 posted 05-14-2012 04:04 PM

Thank you. It makes me think, “How many other applications does this procedure have?”

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#10 posted 12-23-2013 05:41 PM

Well nomercadies, i’m gonna try make something similar as a set of tracks that my router sled will run on. As in clamp the work piece that is to be ‘planed’ or flattened between the jaws and then plonk the sled on top of those jaws. Maybe with sacrificial spacers.
It’ll be done with SA materials, so George i’ll let you know if it’s amazing.

-- Never is longer than forever.

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#11 posted 12-23-2013 07:56 PM

Should be interesting. Keep me updated.

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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