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What's a suitable lubricant for woodworking clamps?

I have several different types of clamps all of which I've noticed over time get a little harder to operate, the motion isn't as smooth or easy as I'd like. I'm thinking of F-clamps, "quick" ...
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Recommendations for securing a high torque drill with a larger bit

This is not a major problem, but I recently encountered an issue in which I was drilling a medium sized hole, about 1.5", in a small piece of treated wood. The bit was a fairly new and fairly ...
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What type of clamp is this?

This is a long (almost 6' / 2m) clamp. Its similar in function to a US pipe clamp but the main body is a wood block, with notches cut or drilled. In the UK I've seen the term "sash clamp" ...
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Laminating Small Wooden Objects Together

I use a laser cutter to create intricate shapes out of 1/4 inch thick re-sawn pine, then laminate them together to form 1/2 and 3/4 inch thick structural elements in small boxes, corbels and ...
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Glue-up for butcher block-style countertop

Background I am working on a butcher block style countertop / tabletop, and am wondering how best to glue the wood together. The countertop is unfinished maple hardwood floor, with the tongue / ...
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How to clamp very thin wood for planing

I have some 1/8" plywood that I use to make small boxes, organizers etc. Since it is rough, a fast and neat way to smooth it is with a smoothing plane. Only a few light passes, of course. Using ...
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Repair warped wood in situ

I have acquired a coffee table (it's more like a small wide chest of drawers) with a warped frame and want to check that my fixing method is appropriate and cannot be improved upon.** My plan to fix ...
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Name for threaded workbench receptacles?

I was given a portable wooden workbench with several holes drilled into it, and on the inside of each of these holes is what I would call a "screw receptacle"; essentially metal, threaded "female" ...
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Is there another name for these heavy duty cam-style clamps?

I have a Porter Cable dovetail jig that has clamps for holding the boards. (Other brands have similar clamps.) These have wide bars supported only at the ends, so there is room for a wide board to ...
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Where to get half of a pipe clamp

I was a little inattentive at a recent estate sale and as a result bought four halves of a pipe clamp hardware kit. Specifically, I bought four of the stationary ends with the screw mechanism, as ...
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What is the clamping force of a “T-bar” sash clamp (or how can I work it out)?

I'm trying to compare some different types of clamps. I have some of these: http://www.screwfix.com/p/bessey-gh30-all-steel-lever-clamp-300mm/3156K?kpid=3156K&gclid=...
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Is it ok to clamp down squares and i-beam style levels?

I often make fences on my work surface by clamping down levels and squareslike so: I only ever use my speed square to overlap another square because that is thick and its accuracy is rough enough ...
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Which Acme thread class is best for homemade wood clamps?

Lets say I wanted to make homemade wooden C-clamps. Is there any advantage to using a better grade of ACME thread than single start RH 2G? Will 3G or 4G buy me anything? What about multiple starts or ...
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How well does metal ACME threaded work with wood holes tapped with ACME threads?

I'm thinking of making home made C-clamps. While I want to go with metal screws, it seems like buying an acme wood tap is cheaper than Acme nuts, along with the problem of cutting hexagonal holes. ...
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Gluing joints with no clamps

For my first real woodworking project, I'm trying my hand at making an end table. For the tabletop I'm using 1x6 planks with tongue and groove edges. To join the planks, I know that all they need is ...
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Gluing up using bench vise

I was trying to find some information online about using a vise along with dog holes instead of clamps for glue up. I can't find a single reference to it. Is this commonly done? Can the vise ...
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Using right angle clamps

I am having trouble using a corner clamp for my 45 degree miters. I try my best to align them and tighten them but the wood is always moving out of place. What is the best method or just how they ...
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Looking for a type of vise that would fit on a cnc table

We have a CNC machine with an aluminum t-slot table and I'm looking for some type of small vise that could be secured to the table to hold very small work pieces. We have a variety of hold-downs and ...
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Applying clamping pressure on opposing sides of a circle

I was in a boardroom and I noticed that one of the clocks had dropped off its nail and it broke the frame in two places. I assumed is was a very cheap clock made with plywood or some other engineered ...
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Are ratchet straps suitable for clamping glued boards together for a table?

I'm thinking of making a very large slab for a table. But I don't have enough pole clamps or long enough poles. Are ratchet straps suitable for clamping glued boards together for a table? Is this a ...
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One-handed bar clamp is moving freely in both directions, can it be fixed?

At rest position, the mechanism which prevents the clamp from opening no longer provides enough friction, causing the clamp to move freely in this direction, and making it impossible to use one handed ...
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How to clamp where clamps cannot reach?

The jaws and throats of most clamps don't allow much space for securing deeper on larger panels, boards or pieces. Sure, toggle clamps can be placed anywhere but you need to damage a surface in order ...
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How do I prevent cupping when clamping long and thin components? [duplicate]

I'm building an outdoor table and the table top is being assembled using dominos and glue. It's 6' long and I'm using pipe clamps to clamp the long side together while the glue dries. As I was ...
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How do I clamp box joints?

When making box joints, per a number of articles I've read, I've left the fingers a touch longer than the thickness of the board. So if I'm making joints on 1/4" plywood, my fingers might be 5/16" ...
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What advantages do F-style clamps offer for gluing up a thick laminate?

I was reading the "How to Make a Bandsaw Box" by the Drunken Woodworker, and I noticed he used a ton of F-style clamps for the initial glue up. Later he uses some Bessey K-Bodies for re-gluing the ...
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How can I prevent homemade pipe clamps from twisting?

I would like to make some of these parallel clamps that use a pipe for the bar. Source The one advantage that commercial parallel clamps have over these is that the clamp faces will always line up; ...
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Are there advantages to using pipe clamps over parallel bar clamps?

Pipe clamps seem to be a low cost and versatile option for gluing up projects. However, they're prone to racking the work piece if not placed correctly. Parallel bar clamps aren't as susceptible to ...
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Why thread both ends of a pipe for a pipe clamp?

I recently purchased Pony Pipe Clamps (#50 - 3/4 pipe). In the instructions, they suggest to mount them on a pipe threaded at both ends. My pipes are threaded at one end only. I'm wondering what ...
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Can clamps be too tight?

When gluing pieces together, I've always used an abundance of clamps and tightened them with all my might. Is it possible to tighten them too much? At some point, could I squeeze out so much glue that ...