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ericbuggeln

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Re: BowClamp Review
« Reply #30 on: February 22, 2013, 04:55 PM »




Bench done with two 4'ers on each side, Eric

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Offline Tinker

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Re: BowClamp Review
« Reply #31 on: February 22, 2013, 08:04 PM »
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xGmMwUyq2C4&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DxGmMwUyq2C4

To get back on topic, here is a video of Craig applying edge banding with Bowclamps, bench dogs, and shims, enjoy, Eric

Hey Eric, Sorry about that.
I assure you it will NEVER happen again.  ::)

Rick,
Peter Haile started a conversation in the Hobbies and Projects section that has some info about hide glue, among other subjects.
His discussion:  "A website I stumbled upon for woodworkers" I discovered some of what was probably my problem.  I am discussing over there.  Don't want to get Eric excited to where he might figure another use for those Bow Clamps  [scared]
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ericbuggeln

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Re: BowClamp Review
« Reply #32 on: February 22, 2013, 10:52 PM »
Hey Wayne, no foul meant. Was just trying to keep a review thread on topic, Eric

Offline Tinker

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Re: BowClamp Review
« Reply #33 on: February 23, 2013, 05:52 AM »
No offence was taken.  just so long as I can't find a long bed lathe in your shop, i know you are using the Bow Clamps only for cabinetry  [unsure]

BTW: A great job on the Paulk Bench (oops!  There I go again  :o)  How 'bout another review on them----  and the Roman Racks look very worthwhile as well.  There, i have used up my two more off topics. (But you show them here so it doesn't really count  :P) It WILL SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.  [blink]
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ericbuggeln

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Re: BowClamp Review
« Reply #34 on: February 23, 2013, 11:06 AM »
Wayne, since I know you are glued to your computer waiting for another use of the Bowclamps to be posted, here it is. This is a veneer press that could also be done on an MFT.

Romans jigs are still in prototype phase and more on them to come. They will be stackable so many doors at once can be glued up at once. More on them to come....

I already did a thread on the UWB. It's way better then you thought it was gonna be. If you want I will post some pics of it in action and specifically the new way I am doing dominoing of FFs and carcasses?

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xGmMwUyq2C4&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DxGmMwUyq2C4

Offline Tinker

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Re: BowClamp Review
« Reply #35 on: February 23, 2013, 02:45 PM »
What kind of glue are you using with such large sheet of veneer?
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ericbuggeln

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Re: BowClamp Review
« Reply #36 on: February 23, 2013, 03:12 PM »
Wayne, that's a piece that Craig did, but I will find out for you. Whatever it is he probably rolls it on, Eric

ericbuggeln

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Re: BowClamp Review
« Reply #37 on: February 23, 2013, 03:37 PM »
Wayne, it was just TiteBond 2 and a cheap paint roller, Eric

Offline RL

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Re: BowClamp Review
« Reply #38 on: February 26, 2013, 12:56 AM »
I made a video about how I have been making solid wood shelves with a TS55 and a Domino using a match planing technique, and I ended it with a demonstration of the Bowclamps in a glue up. Relevant part starts at about 8.20.

« Last Edit: February 26, 2013, 01:22 AM by Richard Leon »

ericbuggeln

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Re: BowClamp Review
« Reply #39 on: February 26, 2013, 09:59 PM »
Richard, thanks for sharing. You did a great job, very informative. I love seeing how other guys do it.

Were you using the Panther blade? Eric

Offline RL

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Re: BowClamp Review
« Reply #40 on: February 26, 2013, 10:35 PM »
Thanks Eric. Just the stock blade. One day I'll get a panther blade- I often wish I had one.

ericbuggeln

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Re: BowClamp Review
« Reply #41 on: February 26, 2013, 10:47 PM »
Just used the Panther today to cut out a threshold where we had extended the door jamb. Cut through the hardwood like butter. I use separate splinter guard, Eric

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Re: BowClamp Review
« Reply #42 on: April 24, 2013, 09:35 AM »
One thing I found is that one should be careful when releasing the tension in your clamps.  One time I launched something with quite a bit of force.  For the life of me, I can't remember whether it was clamp or caul, but I was lucky it didn't hit me.
“I am on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen.”

Offline Tinker

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Re: BowClamp Review
« Reply #43 on: April 24, 2013, 01:08 PM »
I have watched Craig demo his Bow Clamps on several occasions.
I have never seen them snap back like you describe.
Not saying it couldn't happen but would like to know why it happened.
If the pressure is released evenly, I don't think it would do that.

I have yet to try them in my own work, but will eventually spring for a set or two.
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Re: BowClamp Review
« Reply #44 on: February 27, 2016, 05:14 PM »
Thought I'd revive this thread to post a good customer experience with Bowclamps.  Ordered up the master set the other week from Highland, just in time to do a glue-up of hardwood caps on some plywood shelving.  But one of the 4 ft. clamps had a crack at the end.  While it was fairly small, with clamping pressure it spread noticeably, so I was worried about degradation over time as well as the overall integrity of the caul.  Called up Highland, and they forwarded it directly to the manufacturer, and within 48 hrs I had a new 4 ft. caul.

Looking forward to using them on future builds, especially on some veneering and face frame applications.  BTW, did the threaded rod modification mentioned in this thread ever get made in a formal way? http://festoolownersgroup.com/other-tool-reviews/bowclamp-review/msg243379/#msg243379



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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: BowClamp Review
« Reply #45 on: February 27, 2016, 05:50 PM »
Bowclamps are great! By the way, the manufacturer (Craig) is just across the river (Hudson).

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Offline Sal LiVecchi

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Re: BowClamp Review
« Reply #46 on: February 27, 2016, 06:11 PM »
From first hand experience the Bow Clamps that Craig produce are top shelf. I use them a lot in my glue-ups.
Having met the man first hand I know he backs all he builds 100%, he a great guy to have chatted with in our first meet

Use them with a great end results
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