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Bowclamp Modern technology used to realize an age-old idea: a perfect bow shaped arc. The Bowclamp's patented design - made possible only with the help of computerized, numerically-controlled cutting technology (CNC) - allows for equal clamping pressure along the entire length of the glue line... with only one clamp at each end!

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Old 10-24-2011, 12:08 AM
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:57 AM
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Thanks Matthew... but without pictures, we don't believe you.

" we don't believe you... "excuse me..."

and here is my shop...
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:11 AM
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So there!
BTW, I see Big Brother is alive and well in the shop?
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Hi

I have a large veneering project coming up, and whereas I usually use vacuum clamping, I do not have a bag large enough to accommodate my panels which are about 4' by 20". I tried taping two bags together but the seal is not really good enough.

So it seems like an appropriate opportunity to get some Bowclamps, especially since Lee Valley now sells them in Canada. My question is, how many clamps and what size do I need for this project? Would the clamping set be enough? If I clamp to my workbench - which is flat enough for the purpose- and add some plattens, I would have a bowclamp every 8" or so.

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Old 11-06-2011, 04:22 PM
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Hi Richard,

You're basically talking about this glue-up. That's 2 pair of 4 footers and a pair of 2's... Or you could just use the 4 footers and eight clamps (if you have 'em).




And please report back with progress... or any questions.
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Would it be more relevant to ask "what pressure is required for veneer work in this situation and would the bowclamps be sufficient?"

Would six bowclamps do the trick? I use white glue (because of the bleed-through that occurs with burl veneers), and I will be veneering elm burl onto plywood. This is not a joint that requires extreme force- just even pressure.

Also, if necessary I could use the blowclamps for the hard-to-reach panel centres, and supplement the edges with other cauls and clamps.

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Rick, I understand what you are saying, but would it be more relevant to ask "what pressure is required for veneer work in this situation and would the bowclamps be sufficient?"
Mouppe, that question requires an opinion-based answer, so I refrain from that here. You previously asked a question that required a specific answer, and that I could give. I can't give opinion here.
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Rick, I understand what you are saying, but would it be more relevant to ask "what pressure is required for veneer work in this situation and would the bowclamps be sufficient?"

Would six bowclamps do the trick? I use white glue (because of the bleed-through that occurs with burl veneers), and I will be veneering elm burl onto plywood. This is not a joint that requires extreme force- just even pressure.

Also, if necessary I could use the blowclamps for the hard-to-reach panel centres, and supplement the edges with other cauls and clamps.

Thanks
Richard.
Richard,

If you have questions about Bowclamps and their usage, they should be addressed to Craig as he is the inventor of the Bowclamp and most importantly it is within his forum. By asking Rick, you inadvertently put him in a tough situation as should he disagree with Craig's opinion and he answers within Craig's forum, he is or could be affecting Craig's livelihood. We walk a very delicate balance in talkFestool because we do accept Manufacturers and/or Vendors(man/ven) and we give them their own forum. One part of this delicate balance would be having another man/ven come in to someone else's forum within the man/ven and say something that could hurt a potential sale. Quite literally it would be the equivalent of someone from Festool walking into the DeWalt factory and starting to tell prospective buyers how poor the DeWalt brand is or making statements or giving answers that imply they are no good.

I hope that this helps you and/or anyone else that may have questions about this. Please feel free to PM me if you do not understand what I am saying or have additional questions.

Thank you all,

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Fred, I understand what you are saying but I am not directly addressing Rick. I was asking questions about using bowclamps in an existing thread and Rick chose to answer. I merely acknowledged Rick's answer when I asked my follow-up question.

Perhaps the confusion has arisen because Rick's original answer is not longer visible on the thread, and I will edit my response accordingly.
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