How to's — Clamping & Glueing

Space-Saving DIY Clamp Rack

Posted by David Pickard on

Build a space-saving DIY clamp rack which is convenient and easily to use.  The wood is poplar because of its straight grain resulting in very little warpage.  The clamps are pipe clamps but other similar type clamps could be used.  The tracks the clamps sit in are 3 boards glued and screwed together to form a "U".  You could cut the track in a piece of wood thicker than 3/4 inches using a dado blade or shaper cutter, also. This rack holds 10 clamps spaced 7 inches apart.  It folds against the wall when the bottom supports are folded in....

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Clamping Rough Wood Stock

Posted by David Pickard on

 If you plan on clamping rough wood stock together, you need to  follow a few simple guidelines along with having the right clamps.  With regards to the clamps, don't be fooled by those cheap bar  clamps.  If you apply much torque, the bar will bend and your  clamping job will not produce tight joints.  Purchase heavy duty bar  clamps like the Jorgenson clamps shown in the picture on the left.    You would be hard pressed to apply enough torque to bend the bar    and with the twist clamp handles, it is easier to apply significant torque to produce...

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