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Often we are at our most creative when a need arises for us to be so. Take our friend, rreimund, for instance. He didn’t have any help on hand when he needed to fix a door, so rigged his own help.

Necessity, the mother of invention. Needed to shave a bit off the door to Antonio’s room as it was sticking and had no one to hold the door for me. Some parts from an old computer desk and some clamp…voila!

From what we can tell the homemade jig looks to have done the trick. The clamps held the stands pretty firmly and most likely didn’t cause any heinous gouging on the door’s finish. Then again, if he was just trying to stop it from sticking, I doubt a scratch or two would bother anyone too much. Nice work sir: simple, effective, and my personal favorite — zero cash.

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3 Responses to Flickr Pool: A Cheap Third Hand

  1. fred says:

    If you work on doors a lot – make a pair of door dogs out of scrap 3/4 plywood, scrap 2×4, a couple of old door hinges and some scrap carpet for padding. For each dog – cut 4 pieces of ¾ plywood about 16 to18 inches long by 4 to 5 inches wide. Hinge 2 of the pieces along their short side. This will form the base of the jig. Cut small blocks of 2×4 for outboard feet and install them at either end away from the hinges. The feet are the bottom of the jig base and will rest on the ground or floor. Now cut some triangular gussets out of plywood to stabilize and back-up the uprights (the 2 other 16-18 inch pieces of plywood. Glue and screw the gussets along the centerline of the uprights. Add carpet padding to the other face (away from the gussets). The gusseted uprights – now get glued ad screwed to the baseplate. Position them equidistant from the hinge – about 1-7/8 inches apart – carpeted side facing in – such that your door can easily slip between them. The idea is to have 2 L-Shaped pieces that squeeze in on the sides of the doors as the weight of the door bears on the jig.

    Or you can buy one like this Denpo model:


  2. KMR says:

    That is hilarious! Only because I have the same desk that has the same metal legs as that, and I’m about to take it apart for trash tonight – but I was going to keep the legs and make a future work bench out of it as well.

    Note: I guess that means the lifespan of the original press board desk that had those legs is about 3-4 years.

  3. Jason says:

    I have been doing a lot of work on finishing my basement. having a pregnant wife means she can’t really do a lot of helping at all.

    I have found those quick grip clamps he’s using to be the MOST handy tool ever. I have them in a wide variety of sizes, and brands, and with other scrap 2×4’s, i can pretty much hold anything where i needed to to screw it in, or whatever needed.

    Amazing what you can accomplish when you need to do it alone.

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