JLT clamp rack clone

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Forum topic by SweetTea posted 05-17-2020 02:36 PM 150 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2020 02:36 PM

Has anyone ever built a shop made clamp system like the JLT 8ft panel clamp #79F-8-PC? It is basically a panel clamp rack that has 5 levels and multiple clamps on each level. It is marketed towards cabinet and furniture making shops that glue up a lot of panels. We have some up coming jobs at work that are going to require a ton of panels and we have been looking into a used JLT panel clamp rack but haven’t been able to find one within 8-10 hours driving distance at a decent price. With that being said, we might just build one.

One thing that I am curious about if we decide to build one is what would be the best kind of clamps to use? Do the stock JLT clamps act like parallel clamps in that they somewhat prevent the stock/panels from bowing up under clamping pressure? I know that parallel clamps are like that. I am sure building a panel clamp rack with say 20 to 30 36” parallel clamps would be the best method but it would also be very expensive. Bar clamps would win price wise but would perform less optimal than parallel clamps. Whether we go with parallel clamps or bar clamps we will probably use some steel angle iron to clamp down from above to keep the panels flat during the initial clamping.

Anyone have any design ideas, sketches, pics or advice? Would love to hear your comments and opinions on this. Plus if anyone in the east Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee or Louisiana area knows of any decently priced JLT style panel clamp racks for sale please let me know.

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