Homemade Clamps

Ruth:

“What to do while we wait out the cold…..? I know, we can make all 24 clamps we need to laminate!

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Shopping list:

  • All-thread rod
  • 2×4’s
  • Wing-nuts and washers

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The all-thread rod we found at two different hardware stores and cleared out their stock. We wanted 1/4 all-thread and took all they had and also rid them of their 5/16 and 10/24 stock as well. We are scrapers. We took all the wing-nuts they had and resorted to just regular old nuts for the rest. Collected whatever washers would work. Loaded up with 11 2×4’s, 7 for the job 4 more for good luck. And then back up the hill.

First, tried to cut the all-thread with a dull oscillating saw then remembered we have a badass angle grinder which cut in a second where as the oscillating saw did nothing, at all. But with the angle grinder were left with one messed up end which we could not thread a nut onto…. Grabbed the drill and locked in the all thread and held the nut as the rod spun to the appropriate end. While I did this Garrett drilled the holes needed in the wood pieces, securing the rods, and making sure this will all work for the task we need it to.

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We ask ourselves if this was all worth it. To go through all this time to make the clamps versus just buying fabricated clamps we needed….. Yes. Cost of a single clamp large enough for the job=$45. We built 24 heavy duty clamps for about that same cost. It just took a hell of a lot more time….. but the experience ….. priceless”

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3 thoughts on “Homemade Clamps

  1. So awesome to see this. We will definitely follow your progress! Just make sure to go cruising sometime in the not to distant future. 😉 We’re sailing back across from New Zealand and hope to be in Washington by Fall, so maybe we’ll have a chance to visit. Best of luck from Bob and Ann on Charisma

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