Creative clamping ideas


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Old violin, rib miter has come apart, need to re-glue and clamp with top and back still attached.

So, everytime I come across this repair, I find myself rethinking all the options and methods I could use, and I usually find them all lacking in some way.

I've tried the Herdim corner clamps with all the doo-hickeys attached, and have yet to make them work in the slightest. I've also used my fingers and just sat there for 20 min, but

I am sure there is a better way, and of course clothes-pins, but...

Any ideas or jigs or anything would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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There could be nothing behind the corner join, so be sure to scope things out before applying a heavy duty spring clamp to thin rib wood.

Sometimes I make a simple block with the desired "V" shape of the corner cut into it. I then line it with cork, and use the un-notched side of the block as a flat clamping surface to pull the parts together across the body.

Keep things simple... if a spring clamp works, go for it.

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Old violin, rib miter has come apart, need to re-glue and clamp with top and back still attached....

What makes clamping the miter difficult is that any type of clamp wants to slip off the smooth angled surfaces. I think I have successfully clamped these using small C clamps with little anti-slip pads under the jaws. What I use for the pads is similar in function to, but not exactly the same as this stuff:

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2003174/2077/Bench-Mate-Non-Slip-Pad.aspx

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There could be nothing behind the corner join, so be sure to scope things out before applying a heavy duty spring clamp to thin rib wood.

Sometimes I make a simple block with the desired "V" shape of the corner cut into it. I then line it with cork, and use the un-notched side of the block as a flat clamping surface to pull the parts together across the body.

Keep things simple... if a spring clamp works, go for it.

That's a very good idea, elastic bands could be used to hold it in place until the glue sets.

I've used the spring clamps successfully, although the ones I used were somewhat smaller than the one pictured; I couldn't find a photo of the smaller 4 inch version I use. The vinyl like plastic covers help prevent it from sliding off the edge, and I clamp the ribs together right at the tip. Should there not be any corner block in behind, clamping at the tip just glues the first couple millimeters of the rib mitre rather than crushing the whole corner into splinters.

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