Cheap and Easy Woodwork Clamping Jig

By craftshome / 28. June 2018

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I’ve been asked to build a bunch of cutting boards and I wanted to experiment with an easier way to clamp multiple strips with ease.

Two pieces of 3/4” MDF glued together and the end pieces were just scrap four be two’s. 1/4 threaded insertion nuts and 1/4” X 4” machine screws for the clamping force. It worked well for a test and I have a few ideas to improve thing on the next try. The bolts wanted to move the strip of aluminum around until it had a bit of pressure on it but it was manageable. Just regular packing tape to protect the base. When it was fully clamped, I flipped it over and check to see if it was flexing or bowing. It was less than a half a mm and that could just be the variance in the MDF itself.

Links
Thread Nuts – https://www.amazon.com/The-Hillman-Group-57112-0-512-Inch/dp/B00MND1N9O/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=dustin0e-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=BPDZ44ARANBNGL6G&creativeASIN=B00MND1N9O
Bolts – https://www.amazon.com/Crown-Bolt-30942-Flat-Head-Zinc-Plated/dp/B004XMZC2M/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=dustin0e-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=5YN5XNVBDVRLFJV7&creativeASIN=B004XMZC2M
Glue – https://www.amazon.com/Franklin-International-1416-Titebond-3-Ultimate/dp/B0002YQ3M8/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=dustin0e-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=ESFTFTB2ZPNKLHVT&creativeASIN=B0002YQ3M8
Packing Tape – https://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Shipping-Packaging-6-Rolls-3850-6/dp/B000087KUA/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=dustin0e-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=5YPICHZPPV4IX5O5&creativeASIN=B000087KUA

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