Sunday, August 17, 2014

Long reach clamp

Now I have made the Tenon jig, I'm keen to try it out, and make something useful. I'm in need for some long reach clamps to glue up my jointer table, So I made myself some long reach clamps.

Inspiration

Obviously it's Martthias' invention. I figure the way he made the pad could be improved, and I think the way John made the pads are great. So I incorporated both.

prototype

I cut some joints on some scrap to test the tenon jig, it turns out great. I didn't want to wast that piece, it ended up as my extra large mouth clamp.

Cutting joints






Handle

The threaded rod is epoxy-ed into the slightly undersized hole on the handle.


 I rounded the edge of the nuts that goes inside the pad.

Pad




Paint

polyurethane over latex

In use


Thoughts

I tested the pressure, I can easily generate 200lbs of force, but the arm start to bend, the joint is still going strong. I think if I'd ever make it again or if the arm broke, I'll beefy up the arm, it should be able to generate 400lbs.

Tape holder

Emma loves doing crafts, and tape if a tool she use a lot. I always want to make a cute tape holder for her. I prototyped with some ...