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).
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.
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.
Jeff Dombrowski – Lake Erie Toolworks