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RONWEN 12-20-2009 09:15 AM

Bowclamp Inserts
 
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I made some inserts for my Bowclamps to use threaded rods. It doesn't require as many hands too position the clamp and is fast. It's great for drawers. The long coupling nuts allow you to almost tighten the clamps enough without using a wrench. If some of that grippy stuff for tool handles was applied to the outside of the nut it could be tightened just by hand.

PaulMarcel 12-20-2009 09:21 AM

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That's nice; I like it.

Okay, the threaded rod and coupling nut and Fender washer are all home center stuff, but how did you make the part that rides in the BowClamp slot? Maybe it will be obvious when I receive mine... they are in the mail :)

RONWEN 12-20-2009 01:32 PM

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I made these of steel but I think I'll make the next sets from ply -- probably the multi-ply with the laminated phenolic faces.

joraft 12-20-2009 03:50 PM

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Nice work, Ron. And very clever! :thumbsup2:

Corwin 12-20-2009 08:56 PM

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How 'bout using wing nuts?

CraigFeuerzeig 12-20-2009 11:48 PM

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Really cool Ron. Well done. You might want to take a look at these quick release knobs from Rockler.

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Poto 12-21-2009 01:27 AM

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Ron - you should talk to Qwas about selling those. They're sweet!

EijiFuller 12-21-2009 04:02 AM

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Why not just drill a hole thru the bowclamps for the threaded rod? Im not really understanding the value of the insert.

RogerSavatteri 12-21-2009 06:17 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by EijiFuller (Post 42064)
Why not just drill a hole thru the bowclamps for the threaded rod? Im not really understanding the value of the insert.

to get the maximum usage of the length of the bowclamp.

a threaded rod would diminish that, even in the photo above things would be a tad tight if that were done.

it also brings the clamping pressure pass the end of the bowclamp, therefore increasing its "bowclamp-ness".

RONWEN 12-21-2009 11:09 AM

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Originally Posted by RogerSavatteri (Post 42080)
to get the maximum usage of the length of the bowclamp.

a threaded rod would diminish that, even in the photo above things would be a tad tight if that were done.

it also brings the clamping pressure pass the end of the bowclamp, therefore increasing its "bowclamp-ness".

Correct Roger, I didn't show it but another glue-up I did used about 23-1/2" of those 24" Bowclamps.


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