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 Post subject: Halo Clamping System
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:53 pm 
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I bought a bunch of dryer vent clamps from Ebay a year ago, with the intention of using them for a halo clamping system. I finally had the time to make 2 rudimentary halos, one for each side of the box. I routed channel for the clamps to ride, because I was afraid they may slip. My worries were unfounded. The clamps had a bend on each end, which had to be sawed off, then smoothed. The ends bite into the wood nicely.

The vent clamps provide very firm clamping pressure. In fact, I had to open them about 2 inches, because they were too hard to get around the guitar. I finally got the hang of it. This is definitely a keeper. I may remake the halos solid, rather than just around the rim. I made the rimmed halos, so that they wouldn't interfere with the radius, especially on the back. The halos are sized so that I can use them on different sized guitars.

I'm going to get a lazy susan to make it easier to turn the guitar while clamping.


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 Post subject: Re: Halo Clamping System
PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:05 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Halo Clamping System
PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:16 am 
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Looks great- I think the halo is important and you have it just right. I have also seen this techniques with a clear vinyl hose (Ace Hardware) between the caul and the guitar for a flexible bearing surface - doing that would allow you to use a solid caul instead of the halo because it is raised up off the guitar.

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 Post subject: Re: Halo Clamping System
PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:33 pm 
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That's awesome. How much $ is a dryer clamp. Not familiar with the part.

I have a box of Sealy Mattress coil springs I bought on eBay, I still have to cut them into "halos". I will use them to clamp the side reinforcement strips. Your halos are also great for clamping odd and round shape furniture pieces, like the legs on queen Ann table that enevitably break. Work great on square goods too like picture frames.

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 Post subject: Re: Halo Clamping System
PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:42 am 
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Kbore wrote:
That's awesome. How much $ is a dryer clamp. Not familiar with the part.

I have a box of Sealy Mattress coil springs I bought on eBay, I still have to cut them into "halos". I will use them to clamp the side reinforcement strips. Your halos are also great for clamping odd and round shape furniture pieces, like the legs on queen Ann table that enevitably break. Work great on square goods too like picture frames.


These type of dryer vent clamps are usually expensive ($4+ each), but I found a box of 96 brand new clamps on EBay for $90. They're heavy clamps. I cut off the ends of each one. Here is a link

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005E0M0Y0/ref=asc_df_B005E0M0Y05276208/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=394997&creativeASIN=B005E0M0Y0&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167125770928&hvpos=1o6&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9726937254343375300&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9009313&hvtargid=pla-313820508699


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