Nine More Clamps

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 09-01-2012 11:33 AM 75267 views 85 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine let me raid some of his wood supply because he had no plans to use it. They were long pieces of pine, about 5-6 feet and I wanted to use them to make more of my clamps. I ripped them to 1-5/8 in. and cut them to the lengths for the bar, jaw, caul, and stop. I had to dip into my own supply to get the number of clamps I planned to make.

Between the cutting, milling, gluing, sanding and finishing, this punctuated with more mundane yard work, I got nine clamps made, 4 two footer (two foot holding capacity), 4 three footers, and one four footer (to add to the 3 four footers I previously made.)

Each of these clamps weighs less than two pounds yet has enough strength to hold pieces together while the glue dries.

I’ve created a pdf file with instructions and photos of how to build this clamp. The file can be found here.

EDIT: I have an upgrade for these clamps which is described here [link]

EDIT : And perhaps better described [here.]

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 09-01-2012 11:52 AM

I like them. Very clever.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#2 posted 09-01-2012 12:46 PM

love them.nice job

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 09-01-2012 12:53 PM

Nice clamps and very good design.

-- Efe Yaparoglu ,Izmir.... Not getting what u wished is a sign that there is something better behind.

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#4 posted 09-01-2012 12:58 PM

Your solution for the attachment of the handle is the best I’ve ever seen on this style clamp and seems like the obvious solution now that you’ve shown it. Really nice pieces.

-- A posse ad esse

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Dave Rutan

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#5 posted 09-01-2012 02:56 PM

That handle is actually Mark II. The Mark I was more of a spinner, like you see on a C-clamp. This one acts as a spinner or a twist grip, depending on how you use it.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#6 posted 09-01-2012 03:59 PM

I will have to second derosa’s comment. Now that you have shown how you made the handles I’m thinking how simple and how cool is that!! Great job on the clamps.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 09-01-2012 06:42 PM

Bessey look out !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#8 posted 09-01-2012 09:32 PM

looks great. Why the angle on the bottom of clamp. Your top looks square but looks like 4 or 5 degrees on the bottom ? thanks

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Dave Rutan

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#9 posted 09-02-2012 12:23 AM

pbjguy, The angle is to compensate for the movement of that jaw stop. It helps keep the clamping surface of the jaws parallel.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#10 posted 09-02-2012 01:13 AM

These are great

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#11 posted 09-02-2012 03:28 AM

You are giving me some really good ideas here. Thank you.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#12 posted 09-02-2012 04:24 AM

Fantastic! The only other way to get some serious length with clamps is to use pipe clamps (which I’m not fond of at all). These are a great solution. Do you see much flex or bowing with the pine?

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#13 posted 09-02-2012 05:28 AM

The first wooden clamp I thought was worth duplicating. Well done.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 09-02-2012 08:44 AM

Very interesting and useful project for small amount of money I soppose.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dave Rutan

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#15 posted 09-02-2012 10:16 AM

Daniel Wise, As long as the clamp is used to hold two boards together and not to try cranking the edges together they work great.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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