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    My most expensive clamp...

    This comes under the "do what you need to do to get the job done" category.

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    My bench was occupied by a large table top and on top of that were the two cabinet doors I installed glass in for a client. No clamping going on there. My CNC was in use working on an inlay project. No clamping going on there, either. That same inlay project required some panels to be laminated. What to do? Clamp up the "sandwich" on the slider wagon using the cam clamps and a couple of Bow-clamps. Whatever works...
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    The most expensive tool is the one you buy "cheaply" and often...

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    Oh great.........I'm always running out of clamps and tables, so now I finally have an excuse to present to the CFO why I need a slider
    Dick Mahany.

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    I think the most expensive clamp up I've done to date involved about twenty 100 ct boxes of Berger 200.20X .30 cal match bullets... at about $50-ish per box, total weight somewhere around 57 lbs. Turned out pretty well

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    My most expensive clamp is the one I don't have when the glue up is live and compromised. I'd pay anything right then. Of course dry glue ups sort this $$$ beast every time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Fournier View Post
    My most expensive clamp is the one I don't have when the glue up is live and compromised. I'd pay anything right then. !
    True dat!!! Murphy's Law at it's finest there, too!
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    I had guessed what it would be just from the title. Good juju maybe.
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    AKA Village Idiot.

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    I frequently use gravity, assisted by using some old 20-30 lb transformers and lifting weights. A few transformers in the right places helps gravity quite well. It sometimes pays to have been an EE in a former life.

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    I parked a $30K van on top of the two pieces of 3/4 inch plywood I used for my router table's top.

    W/any luck, that will be exceeded come this September when I get that $50-something -K Ford pick 'em up!
    Man I love that truck! I drive by the Ford dealer & stop to stare at the one inside....
    My granddad always said, :As one door closes, another opens".
    Wonderful man, terrible cabinet maker...

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    Okay Jim, now the big question.
    Did it work???
    "The first thing you need to know, will likely be the last thing you learn." (Unknown)

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    Yea, it worked great, Mike. Pretty darn flat for sure and there should be a good bond between the MDF and the ash so that when I cut the male inlay pieces out of it, things should stay together.
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    "Bakers scaffold" = knock down case clamp.

    They even make a great framework for a roll around spraybooth filter housing.

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    Clever. And you can still crosscut with the saw! Maybe even narrow rips.
    "the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Adamsen View Post
    Clever. And you can still crosscut with the saw! Maybe even narrow rips.
    Yea, crosscutting with the outrigger would be a no brainer. But ripping would have been a challenge without removing the outrigger because of the fence extending right to the cut line. That said, I wouldn't have done that anyway and since it was just over-night, there was no disruption.
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    The title conflicts with the saying at the bottom of your posts. I thought the post would be along the line of inexpensive tools....
    Rustic? Well, no. That was not my intention!

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