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Theres a Better Way

How To Make a Woodworking Spring Clamp out of PVC Drainpipe

comments (0) April 24th, 2012
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

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Video Length: 1:15
Produced by: John Ross

If you're building a solid-surface countertop with a thickened edge, you could buy a bunch of spring clamps to glue that edging on, but there's a better way.

Jim Chestnut from Miami, Florida, discovered that you can make very servicable spring clamps from 3-in. PVC drainpipe. He cuts the pipe into rings on the chop saw, and then he makes kerfs in the rings using a bandsaw or hack saw (don't use a tables saw!). Now you can spread them apart and clamp a whole length of countertop edging. A half dozen clamps costs less than a dollar.

Watch the video above to get more details on how to make and use these homemade clamps.

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