DIY Fence Clamps

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Project by Jeff1984 posted 09-24-2013 01:10 AM 8065 views 110 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These fence clamps were inspired by a Youtube video I saw last week. Unfortunately, I do not remember who made the video. I have been needing a set of fence clamps for a while for my sacrificial fence but was hesitant to spend 20 plus dollars on something I knew I could make much cheaper. I am currently working on a project that my current set up would not allow me to do what I needed to do. It also gave me a chance to work on my dovetails, and they still need some work. LOL

I started out with a square u-bolt, 4×5x3/8”, and cut it in half and used a file to clean up the burs. A 3/8” washer and wing nut are the only other hardware. I used some scrap walnut and hard maple I had lying around the shop. The angles on the outside body of the clamps is the same as the 1:7 dovetail angle I used. 2 coats of BLO and they are good to go. They hold the fence secure but I didn’t have a chance to use them yet. Ran out of shop time. All told I spent a whopping $6.50 on the whole project.

-- Jeff, Call 911. Wait, I am 911

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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 09-24-2013 03:27 AM

Great idea, Jeff! Using U-bolt halves was pretty smart thinking. BTW, your dovetails look fine to me.


-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 09-24-2013 05:56 AM

Great Idea! I could use a few of these and it would give me a chance to work on my dovetails. Thanks.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#3 posted 09-24-2013 06:04 AM

Nice! Thanks for posting this. I see a couple of these in my future.

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#4 posted 09-24-2013 10:36 AM

Great job! I may steal your idea that you stole.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#5 posted 09-24-2013 11:38 AM

So excellent! I am making some today! I needed some last night and ended up just using some small clamps that got in the way.

Side question for you. I have a Rigid 4512 (looks like what you have) and have failed twice making a zero clearance insert because of how shallow the leveling screw ledges are. By the time I hog out enough to keep it level it gets weak in those areas. What material/method did you use there?

Also, nice dovetails IMO. I am going to use this project for just the same practice.

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#6 posted 09-24-2013 11:39 AM

wow great job man I need to make some

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#7 posted 09-24-2013 11:52 AM

great idea, one which i will try to duplicate.


-- arnies

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#8 posted 09-24-2013 12:29 PM

was about to go to the hardware store toady and see if I could come up with something and by something I mean waste a few hours looking like a creep in a store, so thanks jeff1984 and LJ for so many good ideas

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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#9 posted 09-24-2013 02:51 PM

kocgolf, yes I do have a Rigid r4512. The inserts are made from 1/2” mdf and finished with several coats of lacquer and wax. I have made the one in the photo and three others for the dado stack without any problems. I made a template to make more in the future as well.

-- Jeff, Call 911. Wait, I am 911

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#10 posted 09-24-2013 04:44 PM

Nice job and a whole lot better looking than the store bought kind.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 09-24-2013 05:49 PM

Very nice job. I need a set myself. I like the dovetails especially.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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Mainiac Matt

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#12 posted 09-25-2013 12:46 AM

They look great…. but I thought that’s what the T-slots in the aluminum extrusion were for :^)

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#13 posted 06-14-2016 07:11 PM

Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

-- KatDIY

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