Announcing the Lake Erie Toolworks ClampGAUGE Calculator – Simply Amazing!

When Lake Erie Toolworks launched our ClampGAUGE product earlier this year that allows you to take the guesswork out of panel glue-ups, we heard a lot of good things about this unique and innovative product.  To date, we’ve also sold a lot of these tools around the globe and have many very satisfied customers who use it to achieve the perfect clamping pressure when performing a panel glue-up.

T’he one thing that we did hear loud and clear from our customers was that the ClampGAUGE Chart that tells you how many and what type of ClampGAUGE tools to use and where to place them along the panel edge to ensure a solid panel glue-up was a bit intimidating to use.

We thought it was pretty straightforward, just pick the proper chart for your kit type (Apprentice, Journeyman or Master Kit) along with the board thickness you are gluing up.  Then read down and across the chart to find the panel length you are gluing up and it would tell you how many of each ClampGAUGE type to use (A, B or C) and where to place them along the panel edge. (See Picture here for an Apprentice Kit, 3/4″ thick x 44″ long panel Chart example).

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Well, you know what, our customers were spot on correct.  As easy as we thought the Charts were to use, there had to be an even simpler and easier way to identify the type and placement of the ClampGAUGEs for a glue-up.

Guess what – there is now.  Welcome to the ClampGAUGE Calculator!

You can access this simple Calculator software program via our website Install/Video section for the following platforms:

  • Windows PC – Available now
  • Apple MAC PC – Available now
  • Android for Google Phones & Tablets – Available from the Google Play Store now
  • iOS for iPhones & iPads – Available from the iPhone App Store very soon

Here’s what you do.  Simply download and install the Calculator on your PC, SmartPhone or Tablet (or all of them) and then run the Calculator to choose your Kit type, board thickness and length and then press the “Calculate” button.  The Calculator will then display the type and quantity of ClampGAUGE Tools that you will need along with the proper placement from the top edge of your glue-up (in either inches or metric).  It couldn’t get easier. Here’s a screenshot of the Android SmartPhone version of the Calculator to give you a look/see.

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The Charts will still be around for those that want to use it, but the Calculator is here to stay and we encourage you all to give it a try.  It’s easy, it’s intuitive and we really think you are all going to enjoy it.

Best regards,

Jeff Dombrowski – Lake Erie Toolworks

Tips For Gluing Up Flat Panels

Ernie Conover just released his latest gluing techniques video sponsored by Woodworkers Journal & Titebond Glue and he gives a solid & positive review of our Lake Erie Toolworks ClampGAUGE System.

Look at it this way, you spend many hours designing and building your woodworking masterpiece.  The last thing you want to do is to have a panel glue joint fail on you as it kind of defeats the purpose of all of those hours of sawing, dovetailing, mortise & tenoning, sanding and finishing.  Not a bad idea to take a few extra minutes to make sure that you are clamping your panels with the proper glue-up pressure to ensure the best glue-joint.

So if you want to take the guesswork out of glue-ups and achieve the strongest and longest lasting glue joint possible, take a look at our Lake Erie Toolworks ClampGAUGE System.

Note: We are about midway through the video.  Good stuff!

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Best regards,

Lake Erie Toolworks

Lake Erie Toolworks Announces New ClampGAUGE System

Glue manufacturers have recommended clamping pressures for panel glue-ups which ensure the strongest and longest lasting glue joint. To date, only large woodworking businesses & furniture manufacturers could afford to invest in industrial clamping machines which ensure that proper board glue-up pressures were achieved. Now, with the new Lake Erie Toolworks ClampGAUGE System, all woodworkers can benefit from stronger and longer lasting panel and tabletop glue-ups.

This tool works as a flexible clamping caul,engineered so that when it bottoms out on panel glue-ups, the proper clamping pressure is achieved.  It’s rare when a totally new type of woodworking tool comes along and the ClampGAUGE System certainly hits this mark.

  • This patent pending Made in the USA tool is precision CNC machined of 6061-T6 aluminum barstock, hard coat anodized for durability, laser etched and comes with a lifetime warranty
  • ClampGAUGEs come in three different sizes for the most effective board clamping possible and they work in pairs, one on each side of the boards to be glued up and are inserted between the clamp jaws and the wood.  Each kit also includes a chart which tells the user which ClampGAUGE size combinations to use and where along the board to space them.
  • As you tighten the clamp, the ClampGAUGE flattens out and as soon as the middle of the tool bottoms out on the wood, you have achieved the proper clamping pressure to ensure the best glue joint possible. This tool also self adjusts to accommodate all wood species ranging from softwoods to hardwoods

Using this tool couldn’t be easier and they truly ‘Take the Guesswork Out of Glue-ups’.

You can also click here to see the ClampGAUGE System in use with our awareness and training videos.

Our existing customers already know about the extreme quality of our wooden vise products and the new ClampGAUGE System is no exception. So now’s your chance to take the guesswork out of your glue-ups and ensure the strongest and longest lasting glue joint possible on your woodworking masterpiece.

Best regards,
Jeff Dombrowski – Lake Erie Toolworks

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