I am thinking about buying enough to glue up 6 doors at a time. I was
wondering if anybody has used this system. Any feedback is appreciated.
Although it will cost about $400, an equivalent amount of K-bodies is around
$1000 and it only takes up the footprint of one door.
Sorry, I noticed that after I posted. http://www.rrclamp.com/ .
It looks like a pretty good system to stack glue ups in a small area. Right
now, I use 4 K-bodies for each door and can only clamp up 4 doors at a time
on my assembly table. And I can't use it for anything else while I am
gluing up doors.
It is a standard frame and panel door and can be done with 2 clamps. I use
the KP blocks with 4 clamps as shown at -
The two blocks that clamp from stile to stile are all that are needed,
however, after I apply glue to the rails, I assemble the doors with the
rails a little proud of the stiles. I then clamp lightly with the clamps
that span stile to stile. I then tighten the clamps that span rail to rail
to bring them flush with the top of the rail. This makes rail alignment
simple. After it is aligned, I tighten the stile to stile clamps. The
other two clamps can then be loosened.
I see. I forgot that I used to the doors that way also. Now, I don't worry
if the rails are a bit proud or of the stiles. I always go from the glue up
to the TS and take a 32nd off each end to true up the ends. Eliminates
sanding also.. ;~)
I saw them at a woodworking show a couple of years ago (R & R were
there, they seemed to be two pretty nice guys from Wisconsin not
pushing by high pressure but actually believing they had an improved
mouse trap). Guy I was with bought four or six clamps if I recall
correctly -- he gives them an "ok" rating.
The stacking idea is a good one in principle. In practice, it seems
to me that you would have to glue up with the clamps stacked; it would
probably be hard to have a glue-up area then move them onto a stack
and have the stack line up. I suppose one could just through a piece
of plastic between the layers to reduce dripping problem. The
clamping tongue is only a 3/8" piece of steel IIRC that rides along
standard (1/2"?) all thread rod -- I'd worry about it binding a bit.
Tongue may be 1/2".
There were multiple ways I could see to improve that product ---
problem is the improvements would blow the price point.
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