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Don't forget plain old painter's tape and web belts. Great for rolling up boxes and odd shapes.
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Actually the Workmate you show is a type of clamp too, either squeezing something between the two halves or using dogs with the dog holes in the tops. They can be very handy at times. I've used mine many times to hold boards so that I can do some free hand routing.
Exactly, and I've used it like that a lot, particularly for trimming the edge banding on drawer fronts and so on. At least until I figured out that it was easier, and quicker, to set up the fence on the router table and do it there. Plus you're not balancing the trimmer on top of a 3/4" wide surface - although I've done that often enough that it's second nature. And maybe I'll try trimming the laminate on the table nest time too.
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I should be good to go, I have every clamp mentioned, but like pillows. you never have too many.
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I like the old tools, clamps included. That doesn't mean I don't have the newer clamps, I just like picking up the older ones when I see them.
The first is a 3-way edge clamp. The second I don't have a name for, they cost me a buck apeice. They may work in a C-Rail or just a hole drilled in a bench with a longer bolt.
Do a Google for 'woodworking clamps' and you will see many! If your Google has the options, click on 'Homemade' and you may find some thing to make.
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Hi Larry and welcome. That second one is definitely a hold down type clamp. Because of the relatively short bolt in it I would say it was bolted to something metallic.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Exactly, and I've used it like that a lot, particularly for trimming the edge banding on drawer fronts and so on. At least until I figured out that it was easier, and quicker, to set up the fence on the router table and do it there. Plus you're not balancing the trimmer on top of a 3/4" wide surface - although I've done that often enough that it's second nature. And maybe I'll try trimming the laminate on the table nest time too.
I just did a bunch of banding trimming Tom. I took my entire fence and set it on a strip of plywood. I never thought of just using one narrow fence on the infeed side. Good idea.

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I bought eight Harbor Fraight 60 inch aluminum shaft clamps as in the pix below. Although I like them, they're just too big for my little shop, so I've decided to cut them down to shorter lengths. I'll use a fat wedge to keep the ends from distorting as I cut them, then drill a 1/4 hole in the end an put a bolt through to stop off the end. A little lesson for me, bigger (longer) is not necessarily better. I also have a set of Jet parallel clamps that I really love using. The little lever is a quick release, a really nice feature. Wax the shafts when using for glue ups. No fun scraping glue off.
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