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Thread: Clamps or table top space, which do you run out of first?

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    Clamps or table top space, which do you run out of first?

    It would be nice to have the space to set up 5 sheets of plywood on saw horses to hold all my clamping at once when I do something.
    Ofcourse, I dont have enough clamps to do all those glueups at once.
    I seem to be at a two tabletop limit glueup with the clamps I have.

    How many glueups can everyone else do in their HOME shops?

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    Is there some reason your glue ups have to lay flat? I used to glue up face frames & then set the pipe clamps handle down & then lean against what ever, I don't have any wall space so what ever will have to do. Now I use pocket screws for most of my face frames.
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    If you could afford the space for 5 sheets of plywood on horses, plus all of the machinery of your shop, you probably could afford the clamps.

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    I often run out of both. However, I try to schedule glue ups so I can do one, then stand it up someplace, while I get the next one ready. If there's enough clamps, then I might have two 'cooking' at once. I usually try to get them off my table as soon as they've been clamped up for about 15 min because, like you, table top is at a premium in my shop.
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    I have had as many as 8 pieces in clamps just cooking away at once. Bessey clamps really make standing 'em up on end REALLY easy because of that nice flat foot. Even better if the clamps are alternating. I rarely get above 4, though.

    If I had to lay them flat, then I'd work out a stacking rig to go up instead of out.
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    Hey Allen - LOOK HERE
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    My workbench it about 30"x90", outfeed is about 24"x60" TS/RT is about 27"x80", rolling worktable is about 35"x50" I have never used all that but could if I didn't want to do anything while I watched glue dry ;-) I usually leave the tool tops free so I can work on small parts or clean and wax while the glue dries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    Hey Allen - LOOK HERE
    If I could do a local pick up I would buy this RIGHT NOW!!!
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 01-09-2009 at 09:01 PM.
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    i too clamp and set aside on the floor and go for the next one,, you can set alot of them on the floor allen and still have table surface to work on.. the other thng is on some parts you can strip them out after a hour or so and start over with the clamps.you can stor your clamps in a small area and the bench surface needs to be substantial for comfortable use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    If I could do a local pick up I would buy this RIGHT NOW!!!
    I missed the "Local pick up" part - sorry.
    maybe Larry can pick them up and drop them off at Allen's place on his next tour!
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