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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 12-31-2011, 05:42 PM
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can i use a 4' and 3' bow clamps to glue up an 8' table top?
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:42 PM
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Sounds like two 4 foot pairs would work better... to reach 8 feet.
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:16 PM
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i would do that but i don't have two pair of the 4' ones.
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i would do that but i don't have two pair of the 4' ones.
I am sure that Craig can help you with that!

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Old 01-01-2012, 05:46 AM
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i'm sure he can. santa only brought one set for now.
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:49 PM
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If I were in your situation, I would use the bow clamps for the outer section at each end and then add 2-3 individual bar clamps in the middle of the table between the bowclamps. This might get you by until Valentine's Day.

And to the forum!!! We'll need to see pictures of your project in the projects section!
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Old 01-02-2012, 01:30 AM
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I'd do as wino said, but it depends on how many clamps you have?
If you can only stretch to five clamps put the bowclamps together in the middle and use one clamp for that, then one on each end. Then use the other two clamps to clamp the ends of the table where the bowclamps miss.
You can pick up Pony bar clamps pretty cheaply and they have a lot of clamping power.
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:03 AM
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i have enough clamps to do as wino suggests. bow clamps on the ends with 2 or 3 pipe clamps to take the 1' area in the middle.
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Old 01-02-2012, 01:34 PM
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I hope you like what Santa brought, did he bring the whole set? And how many clamps (that reach) do you have to work with. If you have 2 clamps left you can use the 2 footers as well, and hang them off the end. If not, maybe something creative with wedges and blocking. I've seen a picture of Toshio Odate (big bowclamp fan ) doing a panel glue up with some rope and a stick.

And yes Welcome! A bit more info would be good... and we like pictures too.

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Old 01-02-2012, 07:52 PM
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yes, brought a full set. i have 6 clamps that will fit the span.
i got a good deal on some 4/4 curly maple so i got 100 bdft of it. wood is random width 5"-10" and lengths 10'-12'. table will be a trestle type leaning more towards modern / contemporary. planning on 96"x42"-44". top will be 7/8" and 1.25"-1.5" around the perimeter. base wood hasn't been finalized yet but will most likely be walnut or walnut and cherry. this project will most not likely begin until spring.
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