| OK, so I don't really have too many clamps, but I definitely don't
| have enough hands.
| I'm looking for some tips on clamping up projects. Between the
| cauls, pads, parts, angles, etc. it seems I'm always dropping
| something, missing my mark or just basically having a hard time
| lining everything up.
| Most of my clamps are steel f-clamps with a few wooden Jorgensens
| and a couple of QuickGrips.
| Any tips to share?
It's always good to have a few C-clamps handy.
I glue up a lot of right angle stuff. The aluminum face frame clamps
(they come in two types) are fantastic for this kind of clamping. I
have a photo of both types (along with a few C-clamps) in use in the
photos at the top of http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/SC_Madison.html
I try to keep a supply of allthread (threaded rod stock) and threaded
knobs in the shop for making special-purpose clamps. There's a photo
of one example at http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/drawer_clamp.html
I've also tried to keep track of sources of clamp parts for building
clamps that aren't available off-the-shelf. There's a picture of a
clamp I use for splicing sheet goods at the top of
I've built a few cam-type clamps out of 2x stock and aluminum angle,
screw type clamps that attach to t-track, vacuum clamps (for use with
a recycled refrigerator compressor as the vacuum pump), and a pile of
clamp extenders (which extend the "reach" of small clamps to hold work
bigger than the clamp). Don't be afraid to roll your own.
DeSoto, Iowa USA