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Thread: New Top and Back Clamping Method: Not Happy

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    Default New Top and Back Clamping Method: Not Happy

    Below is my new clamping method using spool clamps in a mold. I kinda made this up as I went and I'm sure it has been used before but I am not liking the method at all. My main problem with it is the time and effort involved. Way too much work. There are 22 spool clamps involved there which means 22 butterfly nuts and... If you count the back and the top that is 44 clamping operations. Boring! Slow! Not fun!

    On the plus side it does a champion job of clamping the edge joins, but there is a level to my patience. Going to re-think this design. Ken posted his clamping method with a cam sort of thing going on. Much better and now I get why it is a good idea.

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    I'd seen somewhere on YT that certain builders will use a vacuum form sealer rig for some operations, and it would seem to me that such a tool would be much less tedious to use. Maybe that would work better for you?

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    Go bar set up can be very quick. I use spool clamps but not with wing nuts. Actually I have a few with wing nuts and they are slower than my others, which have T-nuts. They are quicker because they are easier to spin.

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    These mini bar clamps are "quick on, quick off." Horror Fright has an inexpensive version.

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    As a hobby builder, I love this method...

    You have already said it does a champion job of clamping!
    Whats the rush

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    When I get to ork tomorrow I'll show a couple of set-ups... one courtesy of Noa at Ko'Olau.

    ork? I mean work... just allowing you to see my famous missed key-strokes spelling
    Last edited by Pete Howlett; 09-03-2017 at 08:56 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Howlett View Post
    When I get to ork tomorrow I'll show a couple of set-ups... one courtesy of Noa at Ko'Olau.
    Noa has some cool presses

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    Did the spool thing, used it once, threw it all away years later because it took so much work to make - I cork lined mine.

    Cam clamps for me. . .

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    Long rubber band for me.
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    To do the spool clamp thing you pretty well have to use regular nuts and a driver with cordless drill to be any fun.

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