This woodworkers list of free woodworking plans and projects features a collection of workshop clamps and related jig pieces that any moderately skilled do-it-yourselfer can build. The woodworking information found on these sites range in quantity and quality. Please contact individual web sites if you have questions about those woodworking projects.
The machinists vise in my shop gets a lot of use. Unfortunately, it is not very good at holding round stock. Its jaws tend to gouge wood and soft metals. To solve this problem, I made a set of auxiliary faces for my vise.
I found that I had accumulated so many small clamps that storing them was becoming a problem. So I resolved to come up with a storage system that would keep my numerous bar clamps and spring clamps out of the way but still within easy reach. It turned out that the perfect spot was right over my head.
My portable workbench gets pressed into service as a stand for several of my benchtop tools. But instead of breaking out the clamps every time I want to attach a tool to the workbench, I came up with a shop-made hold-down. It is faster and easier to use than clamps, and it can be made from a few pieces of commonly available hardware and a wood dowel.
If you do not have a dedicated veneer press, you can still get the job done with common clamps, cauls, and wooden beams, as long as you use enough clamps for adequate pressure and distribute the clamping pressure as evenly as possible.
It seems that no matter how many clamps I own, it is never enough when it comes time to glue up a number of solid-wood panels. I have toyed with the idea of investing in more clamps, but decided I could come up with something that would work just as well and cost a lot less. My solution is a simple clamping station.
Although many power tools now include dust-collection ports, removing debris while boring on a drill press remains a challenge. Here is a simple rig that allows you to position a vacuum hose near the bit, yet easily reposition it when necessary.
My shop has no room for an auxiliary table for glue-ups. And I do not like the mess and distraction of having to do these glue-ups on my workbench. So to solve this problem I use a wall system that holds my pipe clamps whenever I need to do assembly and gluing tasks. This makes for efficient use of my space.
...I needed to come up with an easy way to protect the wood being clamped. My simple solution is shown in the photo and drawing at [this link]. As you can see, I made a set of wood pads for the jaws of each clamp....
Trimming the solid-wood edging glued to a plywood panel has always been one of my least favorite tasks. So Iam always looking for a quick, easy, and accurate way to get it done. The router table setup just might be the final answer.
I have found that gluing and clamping small assemblies requires a slightly different approach. Sawhorses or a large open benchtop just are not suited to the task. So I came up with a work surface that matches the small scale of the project.
The stands, shown in the photo, give the clamps a very stable footing, as well as creating extra clearance for the handle. Thus I was able to put an end to the handle cranking clearance and stability problems by making some stands for my pipe clamps.
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for a 4-corner adjustable wooden frame clamp. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software. Not all drawings have the measurements displayed but you can use the measurement tool in SketchUp to easily and accurately determine the dimensions of each lumber part. Most drawings do not have instructions, its assumed you can build it based on the completed drawing provided.
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for a simple clamp cart on wheels. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software. Not all drawings have the measurements displayed but you can use the measurement tool in SketchUp to easily and accurately determine the dimensions of each lumber part. Most drawings do not have instructions, its assumed you can build it based on the completed drawing provided.
When gluing up panels, I like to remove the glue squeeze-out before it sets. But pipe clamps laid flat on my assembly bench left me no room to clean the underside of the joints. So I found a way to take my panel-making to a higher level.
To meet clamping challenges head-on, I built this wall-mounted clamping station. It combines the glue-up area, clamps, and drying area into a single location. So there is no need to worry about cleaning off a workbench when it comes time to glue up a panel. The cutting diagrams and materials list are available to download in this Online Extra.
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