Clamping jig help

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Forum topic by Sparky3471 posted 07-11-2018 01:58 AM 579 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-11-2018 01:58 AM

Topic tags/keywords: clamp jig assembly

Hello long time lurker and you all are so talented. Looking to pick your brains. I currently make custom “art” pieces using strips of wood that I cut on 45’ angles then glue them into different patterns. I am having a problem. When I glue all the individual strips I have no easy way to clamp them down and it is not feasible to just simply glue them all down and just clamp the entire piece due to the size and the fact that the pieces could walk slightly and the entire piece is no good. I was wondering if there is a way to have a setup assembly station that can use rods to clamp the pieces down or put pressure

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#1 posted 07-11-2018 01:15 PM

Some kind of press would seem to work. Lacking a press, a flat board to protect the pieces and lots of weights.

If you use regular wood glue, a little salt sprinkled on the glue will minimize slippage.

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#2 posted 07-11-2018 06:52 PM

I use two things that might help you
1) Cork on the boards used as a caul. This creates more even pressure on the workpiece.
2) Bottles filled with sand to use as weights. I like the almost square orange juice bottles but any kind of tall bottle with a sort of flat bottom will work.
I don’t think that you need a lot of pressure. The glue joint does not need to be very strong. You have a lot of surface area and very little load.

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