I'm building an activity table for my son approximately 36"x60" using #20
biscuits for the joints on the four table legs. Joining the short sides was
easy because I have a couple 40" bar clamps. How can I do the long sides
though? I don't have any bar clamps longer than 40". I was thinking of
assembling the sides and then pushing them up against a wall with something
heavy against them. Any suggestions?
On 28 Dec 2003 14:26:44 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.orgAntiSpam (Ksu93dlv)
#1 Pony clamps. 3/4" pipe sections can be screwed together, and
disassembled for use as shorter clamps.
#2 Band or web clamps. No band clamps? Those ratchet straps used for
securing a load to a vehicle work great. Hook the two ends together
and use scrap wood cauls to spread the load.
#3 Use a smaller bar clamp or C clamp to join two of the 40 inchers
together. Like this:
Only picture the jaws interlocked at the center, with the C clamp
acting like a hook.
Got an old inner tube? A spiral cut 1" wide will yield a
very long rubber strap for wrapping around pieces to clamp;
works best with smaller very odd shaped pieces.
And don't forget the ever popular long board (2x4, 1x4,
etc.) with flat pieces (screwed, glued, or nailed) at each
end and a wedge driven between the flat piece and the
working piece to tighten it.
Buy 2 sets of 3/4" pipe clamp assemblies and 2 6' threaded pieces of 3/4" pipe
clamp. Assemble, use, store carefully because you'll need them again--and you
can buy 1', 2', 3', 4', and on pieces of pipe to reduce or add to the 6'
lengths you now have. And no, 5' lengths won't quite give you enough for your
"Man is a reasoning rather than a reasonable animal."
In a pinch, I've banged together a frame from 2x4's that's longer than
the thing I needed to clamp and turned some of my one-handed clamps
around into the spreader configuration:
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It's ugly, not particularly powerful, and a bit awkward. On the other
hand, you can probably do it with stuff you've already got laying
around. It costs nothing to build because you can reuse the 2x4's when
you're done. If you're really cheap like me, you can even reuse the
Lee Valley's panel clamps
are a somewhat classier version of this idea, but require that you apply
a crowbar to your wallet.
email@example.comAntiSpam (Ksu93dlv) wrote in message
All of the previous posts were good, if you have pinch dogs they will
pull up as tight as any clamp. They leave small holes , only hammer
into underside or excess length of glue up.Do a google search for
pinch dogs if you do not know what they look like.
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