Rick's Clamps

FOUR FOOT CLAMPS
These clamps solve several problems for this woodworker.

SHOP OWNER: Rick LoDico
LOCATION: Whitehouse Station, NJ

    Like many others, I've been fighting a losing battle trying to clamp panels or cutting boards so that they are flat. The other problem has always been glue squeeze-out sticking to the clamps. Those four way clamps work okay but everything just seems so rushed when trying to get them set up before the glue dries and then there's still the squeeze-out!
    To make these clamps, I used four 1 " by 1 " by 4' pieces of oak to make the clamp bars. Then I drilled countersunk pilot holes and screwed on some UHMW strips. For adjustability, I drilled through holes every 6" or so along the length. Some five-inch bolts and star shaped knobs provide the clamping pressure. I also attached some "feet" to the bottom bars for stability.

. . . Rick LoDico


 
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