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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 03-14-2012, 05:36 PM
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I didn't want to hijack your thread but this quote deserves highlighting....

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I have to say, this was the best panel glue-up I've ever done.


Thank you. That's quite a compliment. I hope (and assume) you're not just being kind. But could you elaborate? I'd like to hear your thoughts (and of course I have some of my own).

Sorry to put you on the spot.
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Craig, my panel glue-ups are always a very tense affair. I often have 6 or more boards, and the glue's drying. I'm trying to get all the dominos seated (I use them for alignment), and trying not to ruin my nice straight, flat joints.

With the Bowclamps I just arranged the boards (they were lying flat on the bench), and used them to bring the joints together. A little adjusting here, a little there, readjusting the clamps once they'd reached their maximum depth, and voila! A perfect glue-up. Two clamps! Wow!

The joints came out perfectly. Except for the changes in the grain pattern, they're invisible. It quick, easy, effective, and I'm never going back to using tons of clamps. I'm totally convinced.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:55 PM
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Cool Peter. Thanks so much. I was wondering if you used an alignment aid... and if by any chance you tried it without (on a dry run obviously)?
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No, I haven't tried it without the dominos. I don't trust myself enough yet - especially on a commission. Maybe on one of my own pieces some time. I think I'm going to be making a mess of cutting boards - that'll give me some good experimentation time.
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Peter,

You'll stop using the dominos for edge glue-ups the first time you inadvertently crosscut your panel through one and end up with an ugly void to contend with. That when I stopped using biscuits. It also makes for a much easier glue up; you just need to pay a little more attention to get all the boards flat.

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P.S. Just had a successful Bowclamps glue up myself, more to come.
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Not that I'm advocating mind you... it's just that as you say with some practice I think you'll find you may not need them any longer and you can save the time and trouble. Also when doing your cutting boards you may find that some of the pieces are simply too thin, and you'll have no choice.

But when you get the hang of it, you can keep things aligned as you tighten, working from the center toward each end... and the boards won't be skating around... like in the olden days.
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I don't use the dominos for cutting boards - just the big table tops that I've done. Without a planer (at that time) it was difficult to get the boards flat. I'm getting better...
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Why Struggle...?





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P.S. Just had a successful Bowclamps glue up myself, more to come.

Tease...
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Okay,

I'll start a new post.

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