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Has anyone used WOODTEK® EQUI-PRESSURE CLAMPS? Any reviews?

by a1Jim
posted 08-29-2015 02:23 PM


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doubleDD

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#1 posted 08-29-2015 03:34 PM

Jim, I will be watching this one. I see these at the woodcraft store all the time and they are a good seller. I made something similar but only clamps them flat, not together. They sure look worth the time of day. Buy a few and add them to your collection and let us know. I’m interested.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 08-29-2015 03:36 PM

I guess we will see what other folks have to say about them Dave.

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#3 posted 08-29-2015 03:44 PM

I bought 2 sets from Peach Tree at the woodworking show in Milwaukee
( http://www.ptreeusa.com/panel_glue_up.htm ). I have not tried them because we are in the process of moving and at our new place I’ll have more room to be able to do some larger signs and panels. They looked pretty nice at the show a bit different than the ones you are showing here Jim. Not a lot of help but possibally another to look at and to choose from.

-- Al Breit "A day without sawdust is like a day without sunshine"

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#4 posted 08-29-2015 04:45 PM

Jim; I have been using these type of clamps for a few years and they work very well. One suggestion; you need to do a dry run fit first so when the boards are glued you know what notch to use. I also would use a bar clamps on each side to raise the wood up from the bench so the pressure clamps can be positioned under the wood before clamping. I also place a scrap piece of wood on the ends of the boards I am clamping and the pressure clamp so as not to leave a depression.

Don

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#5 posted 08-29-2015 05:42 PM

Jim,

At $350 a pair it will be down, way down on my list of need to buy. LOL! But they might save time in a more commercial shop which would justify the cost?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 08-29-2015 06:07 PM

I think the clamps are about $30 for each one. They are not the first thing on the page linked to.

I have them and they are OK but like always with panels you need a good fit with your boards and care keep everything aligned during clamping.

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#7 posted 08-29-2015 06:09 PM

Doc Savage-
You need to scroll down a little. These are 28.99 each.

Bart

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#8 posted 08-29-2015 06:10 PM



Jim,

At $350 a pair it will be down, way down on my list of need to buy. LOL! But they might save time in a more commercial shop which would justify the cost?

- DocSavage45

Where did you get that price from?

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#9 posted 08-29-2015 06:13 PM

Panel Max system at Peachtree posted by 1Woody. The others I didn’t check but are within my price range. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 08-29-2015 06:43 PM

One thing I see with clamps like this is if you’re clamping up panels (as shown above) or maybe cutting boards, what’s to keep the wood clamp from getting glued to the pieces you’re gluing up?

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#11 posted 08-29-2015 06:58 PM

What about glue squeeze out onto the clamps wood?

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#12 posted 08-29-2015 08:22 PM

Thanks guys
Hey Tom Not sure where the $350 price came from but these are $25.49 ea.
Arlin all you would have to do is wax up the wood part of the clamp that makes contact with your panel.

http://woodworker.com/equi-pressure-clamp-mssu-165-038.asp?utm_source=promo&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=IRW1508H&utm_content=165038

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#13 posted 08-29-2015 08:31 PM

I have several of this type clamp from Woodcraft, they do a good job, but it is awkward to use and takes a bit of adjustment while setting up.

-- Smitty!!!

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#14 posted 08-29-2015 08:42 PM

Thanks for the info Smitty.

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#15 posted 08-29-2015 08:43 PM

They must work o.k. as they are still around after all this time. Pic of old Roubo clamps very similar

I have a set similar that I got at a garage sale years ago and have yet to take out of the box. Maybe this thread is what I needed to try them out.

-- Brian Noel

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#16 posted 08-30-2015 01:19 AM

They work great, Jim. We used another brand at a guild meeting 10 yrs ago and they held the boards in line while providing the side pressure for the glue up- no biscuits were used either. The one thing you have to do is coat the boards with wax or a substance that will resist glue that bleeds out

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

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#17 posted 08-30-2015 02:47 AM

Hey Jim, I’ve seen several videos of clamping cauls that have a slight convex shape to them used to clamp panels flat, the convex sides closest to the wood, and then just clamped on either end, the idea being that the slight curve will hold the panels flat, then regular Bessie clamps or something similar to provide the side pressure for the glue joint. I am absolutely sure that you know about that. These look like they would do a great job, but I guess I don’t know if I would be willing to spend the money for these when such an elegant yet inexpensive shop made solution would work as well. Just my 2 cents.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#18 posted 08-30-2015 02:52 AM

Yes Jerry I’ve used cauls for years but they don’t ensure clamping the boards together edgewise that takes additional clamps going across the grain.

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#19 posted 08-30-2015 03:00 AM

I use cauls for big panels, and they are a little slow. I put some tape on the cauls so they don’t glue to the panels. Worst thing is, you have to scrape every bit of glue off the panel before putting it through the wide belt sander, and smashed glue is hard to remove once it is dry. I am going to have to count my clamps so I can give a number, been adding regularly to my clamps for years, but 300 would be a hard number to catch up with. But I am gaining. Bought 12 cabinet masters a few weeks ago used, guy was selling on clist. Menards has had some great deals on the 5” deep F clamps on their sales. Hard to resist those 12” for 6.95 each.

-- Jim from Kansas

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#20 posted 08-30-2015 03:07 AM

Jim I’ve always used a regular paint scraper to remove excess glue on the lines,it works very well for me.
That sounds like a good deal on clamps if their good ones

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#21 posted 08-30-2015 03:45 PM

Jim,
Take a look at these. Never used them though.

http://damstom.com

Good luck

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#22 posted 08-30-2015 03:49 PM

Thanks Jacquesr
That’s very interesting.

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#23 posted 08-30-2015 09:21 PM

For what it is worth, I made a set of these clamps several years ago for clamping 4 to 5 cutting boards at once. I made mine out of steel. plastic on top and bottom, but usually won’t stick anyway. 8 ft. long and variable width for two.

Jim

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#24 posted 08-30-2015 10:00 PM

Since I can not afford to buy clamps maybe I can make them in someway like this.

I wish I had lots of money to buy the Bessey clamps which looks like they are wonderful

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#25 posted 08-30-2015 10:19 PM

Hey Arlin
I just found some home made clamps that might fit in your budget.

http://woodworkstuff.net/Klam.html

You have to scroll down a little to see them,the person said he got the plans from and old wood magazine so if you want to make some maybe someone here could shoot a pdf of the plans

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#26 posted 08-31-2015 02:10 AM

300 clamps, i’ve got like 12 ok ones and some HF ones, think I need some more haha

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#27 posted 08-31-2015 05:13 AM

Last but not least.

Don’t forget Larry’s Clamp.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uuk9Gw8-M34

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#28 posted 01-11-2019 07:56 PM

See my project “Pressure Clamps” (January 2019)

-- Harry Sorenson Dakota Heirlooms

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#29 posted 01-11-2019 09:41 PM

This thread was from 2015.

So I hope Jim sees this and give up a follow up. Did you buy them. are you happy with them? etc

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#30 posted 01-11-2019 09:54 PM

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#31 posted 01-12-2019 01:33 AM

I Ak to answer your question, no I never did buy any, but I appreciate everyone’s input.

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#32 posted 01-12-2019 02:01 PM

Jim, I have a set of 6 of this type of clamp, while they do a good job of clamping and keeping things aligned,it is very time consuming and they are very awkward to get boards set up into them, especially when you have glue on the boards and it is running all over everything, and then getting all realigned and adjusted. I pretty much quit using them because of all the time and trouble. I think I bought mine on sale at Woodcraft, got a good price on them otherwise I would not have bought them, as it is now, I still spent too much.

-- Smitty!!!

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#33 posted 01-12-2019 02:03 PM

well, I did not see when this was first posted, (2015)

-- Smitty!!!

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#34 posted 01-12-2019 05:10 PM

Thanks for your input.That’s what I was thinking Smitty, that’s why I opted out of getting some, that and trying to find a place to store them with so many clamps already.

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