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Vices, clamps and various clamping means

Whether for bonding parts or to immobilize them on a bench for sanding, planing or any other operation necessary to immobilize them, it is necessary to use different clamping means to work correctly and safely. The vise and the clamps are the main clamping tools.

Use of vices

Carpenter workbenches are equipped with a lateral or end clamping press.

Clamping at the bench press

1. The bench press is used to immobilize different types of wooden parts. Its wide jaw ensures pressure along the entire length of this board.

Vices, clamps and various clamping means

Before starting to work the workpiece, check the tightness.

Checking the tightening

2. Once the room is tight, it is good to check that it is locked. It is possible to complete the tightening.

The mechanic's vice allows the clamping and locking of various metal parts.

Clamping mechanic

3. Clamping a tube in a mechanic's vice. Care should be taken not to overtighten, at the risk of flattening the pipe.

This drilling vise can be equipped with mordache for tightening certain parts.

Mordache clamping

4. Grips guarantee both the tightness of a piece and the protection of it. Assembly of protective jaws in drilling vise.

The jaws are screwed inside the jaws of the vise.

Assembly of clamping jaws

5. There are different types of mordache depending on the material of the parts to be clamped. These are screwed from the outside on the jaws of this drilling vise.

The mordaches avoid marking the wood of this joist to drill.

Clamping in a vise with jaws

6. The jaws here allow to clamp a joist in a drilling medium, without risk of damaging the wood.

Use of a workbench

The shims of this workbench are mobile.

Adjusting the shims of a workbench

1. The wedges of the jaws of this workbench are removable and adjustable according to the size of the parts to be clamped.

The shims of the clamping bench must be placed face to face for a well-distributed clamping.

Positioning the holds face to face

2. Position the shims face to face for a perfectly distributed tightening.

The jaws of the clamp are moved by rotation of the cranks.

Clamping jaws with cranks

3. The jaws of the workbench are moved forward and the workpieces locked by rotating the cranks. Turn both cranks at the same speed so that the jaws are parallel.

Long parts can be easily stopped by the clamping table.

Clamping a plank

4. The workbench is used to immobilize and block long pieces such as this plank.

Use of clamps

A large pump clamp is required to block this plank on the workbench.

Use of a pump clamp

1. Bench clamping a plank with a pump clamp for sanding the workpiece. The large opening of this clamp makes it possible to block the workpiece on the workbench tray.

Once firmly locked on the workbench, this piece of wood can easily be sanded.

Sanding of a piece blocked with the clamp

2. Perfectly immobilized on the bench, this piece of wood can be sanded in the best conditions.

Clamps allow to block a cleat to serve as a cutting guide.

Blocking a cleat cutting guide

3. Locked with clamps, this batten serves as a very effective sawing guide for cutting a pallet.

Thus blocked, the cleat allowed a very sharp cut with the circular saw.

Sawing a piece of pallet

4. Cleat blocked by clamps allowed very precise guidance of the circular saw.

A cutting box must be secured to the workbench with a clamp.

Blocking a cutting box with a clamp

5. To allow accurate sawing, a cutting box must be secured to the workbench with a clamp.

The cutting box must not move to allow accurate sawing (here of tab).

Miter sawing

6. The cutting box (used here for miter sawing), locked on the workbench with a powerful pump clamp, will not move due to the back-and-forth of the saw.

Sawing a cleat stuck on the workbench with a clamp.

Clamping a cleat at the end of a workbench

7. A clamp is used to block a cleat to be cut at the end of bench.

For a good sizing, the assembly of this old chair must be disassembled.

Bonding an assembly before tightening

8. The assembly of this old chair must be disassembled, then glued before being re-upholstered then tightened.

A clamp with a large opening is necessary to tighten the base of this old chair.

Using a screw clamp

9. A large clamp is required to secure this element of the base of an old chair. A screw clamp with a large opening is used here.

Use of collets

By accurately tracing the gluing area, glue overflows are avoided.

Gluing for an assembly

1. A precise tracing of the gluing necessary for this assembly makes it possible to distribute the glue correctly.

The power of this clamp ensures a very effective clamping during the glue taking.


2. Powerful clamps allow effective clamping during bonding of this assembly.

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