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Need More Sash Cramps?

As woodworkers, we never seem to have enough cramps, particularly the longer ‘sash’ variety, when it comes to assembling almost any project. At the same time, most woodworkers don’t like to throw away even the thinnest of slivers when it comes to sorting through their offcuts (yes, I know I like to keep plenty of “dowel blanks“…).

Well, here’s a potential solution that’ll kill both problems with one stone, which I found over on the Frugal Woodworking blog:

[Click here to watch at Blip.tv.]

Such a simple solution and, for small scale edge jointing operations (perhaps only two or three boards at a time?), it seems to be effective. If you’re worried about the diagonal cramping and not getting pressure in all the right areas then, you could put another cramp on the underside, effectively creating an ‘X’-shape, if the timber boards were transparent. If you do make some of these cramps though, be sure to give all surfaces a good coating of wax – or else, you may find they end up sticking to your work as the glue cures!! 😉

Thanks for looking.

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2 responses to “Need More Sash Cramps?

  1. joeabbott 17/03/2011 at 19:05

    You can file this one under “ignorant Americans” but, is the ‘l’ key on your computer mistyping or is it proper in the UK to us the term “cramp” for what we call “clamp” (and all it’s various conjugations) here in the States?

    • Olly Parry-Jones 17/03/2011 at 20:18

      Hi Joe,

      Nothing wrong with the ‘L’-key, as far as I can tell! 😉

      Apparently, “cramp” is British (a bit like our ‘G’ versus your ‘C’ clamps/cramps) although, I do buy plenty of “clamps” from UK suppliers and, whenever I’m talking about them to someone, I rarely use the variation that includes the ‘R’… 🙂

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