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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 10-21-2011, 10:45 PM
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Thinking about experimenting with veneering and bow clamps seem like a nice way to do it depending on how many it takes, hehe.

My question is, how far apart should the bowclamps be when pressing something between two pieces of mdf, etc


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Old 10-22-2011, 05:00 AM
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Pressure will radiate from the clamp head through the material at 45 degrees. The more layers of MDF you add, the farther you can spread your bowclamps. I like to allow for a little overlap for good measure... so you don't have to actually measure.




And of course if you don't have a flat rigid table to clamp too... opposing bowclamps top and bottom.




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Old 10-22-2011, 04:35 PM
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Zapdafish!!! Do you fish with a Model T magneto?

What are you planning to build that you will be veneering panels for? Please keep us up to date with photos and details in the "Woodworking Projects" thread.

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Old 10-22-2011, 10:20 PM
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that 45 degree angle thing is pretty neat, thanks. PM sent

I am thinking about redoing the kitchen cabs in my house but am going to make mock ups that will go in the laundry room first, hehe. I like a more modern or contemporary look and alot of what I've seen online looks veneered.
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Old 10-23-2011, 03:00 AM
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I have used bow clamps to veneer ash burl to the face and 2 ply birch to the back of 1/4 in. MDF for full-size interior door panels. I used 2 sets of bowclamps and 2 3/4 in. MDF cauls on each side. The widest panels were 16 in. They worked great. I accidently overlaped packing tape on the cauls to prevent any glue seepage from getting on the cauls and the bowclamps telegraphed the overlap onto the veneer. I also used them to glue 3/16 in. shop made veneer to my kitchen table with no problems. Great product.
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Old 10-23-2011, 01:29 PM
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Thanks Matthew... but without pictures, we don't believe you.
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Old 10-23-2011, 01:36 PM
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Food for thought.

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Food for thought.

Is there enough force in a bowclamp to pull that back together
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:46 PM
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No problem.



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Old 10-23-2011, 09:56 PM
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You don't need to start punching hookers for us to believe you, Craig.
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