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    Best clamps for gluing??

    I thought I would post this here since I am looking for some advice so I can order this after noon.
    I am looking to purchase 4 clamps in order to help me with gluing some boards.
    I found Amazon.com has a great price on the Jorgensen clamps but not sure what size to get.

    24"
    http://www.amazon.com/Jorgensen-8024...2917226&sr=1-7

    or 36"
    http://www.amazon.com/Jorgensen-8036...920457&sr=1-15

    or 48"
    http://www.amazon.com/Jorgensen-8048...2920457&sr=1-5

    or maybe a combination? The need now is for a 24" X 12" piece, but next project may be bigger?

    Your help in making this decision would be helpful
    Dan
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    i have different types of clamps, but if i'm gluing up a panel, or a couple of boards, i will use my pipe clamps. i bought a handfull of the mechanisms from rockler, and varying lengths of black pipe from home depot, ranging from 2 ft to 6 ft.
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    Those are good prices. I use Bessy k-body but the CM's are nice too. I use 24" more than anything and finally had enough once I had eight. Longer ones come in handy now and then but, I bought long ones thinking I could use them for short stuff too . . . . Doh! Very awkward and the weight of the unused bar pulls your project all over the bench.

    If you are only going for four (you'll kick yourself later at that price) I would grab a couple 24's a a couple 36'.
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    I have some pipe clamps, the problem is keeping the work flat while I am clamping. I am thinking that these will allow me to use the sides of the clamps so they will lay flat ont he pieces and offer good coverage.
    Dan Thibert
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    i had that problem too dan, until i realized that i was overlooking 2 things. the first was that i wasn't checking to make sure the boards were flat on the pipes to begin with, and the second was that i was applying too much pressure, and it would bow up in the center (path of least resistance). once i corrected those errors, haven't had a problem since. just a matter of tending to all the details i guess...
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    Does anyone have a couch I can sleep on

    I decided to get Jet 70411 Parallel Clamp Cabinet Door Set.
    http://www.amazon.com/Jet-70411-Para...2925352&sr=1-3
    They are expensive, but but still a great price. These should also help as I am putting my kitchen doors together.

    Dan
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    they look top quality, cant picture going wrong with jet products.
    I can tell you one thing, almost 3 years into this woodworking hobby, you can never, EVER, have enough clamps.

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    i agree with you allen about never having enough clamps but if my wife ever caught me spending that much on 4 clamps , i wouldn't be spending a few nights on the couch, i'd be out in the car...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Thibert View Post
    I have some pipe clamps, the problem is keeping the work flat while I am clamping. I am thinking that these will allow me to use the sides of the clamps so they will lay flat ont he pieces and offer good coverage.
    When I was making a lot of cutting boards, I often used cauls at each end to keep the boards all flat during glue-up. I put wax paper between the cauls and the panel I'm gluing up. (I put wax paper on the bed of the parallel clamps to keep the glue off them, too.) They don't need to be tight...just firm enough to keep the boards from shifting up and down.

    This sketch doesn't show the main clamps that pull the panel pieces together, but it should give you an idea of what I'm talking about...

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    vaughn, i can see where that would control vertical movement, but unless you are gluing up an oversized panel, then cutting to size, how would horizontal movement be controlled? to me it seems like a lot of extra steps, that in my view could be taken care of by a minimal use of (insert the "b" word here), and only tightening up only one set of clamps.
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