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MLCS 9012 Woodworking Exclusive Merle Multi-Corner Clamp

by MLCS

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  • Clamp any shape with ease
  • Self-adjusting, non-marring jaw inserts align to any angle
  • Perfect for cabinet frames and picture frames
  • Clamps make great gifts; no woodworker ever has enough
  • Quick release corners allow quick adjustment
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MLCS 9012 Woodworking Exclusive Merle Multi-Corner Clamp + Bessey VAS23 Vario Angle Strap Clamp + Wolfcraft 3415405  Right Angle Clamp
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight2.6 pounds
Product Dimensions15.3 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
OriginTaiwan
Item model number9012
Warranty Description3 Year Warranty on all merchandise. All products are guaranteed against defects in workmanship ans materials.
  
Additional Information
ASINB000FNKXIG
Best Sellers Rank #28,522 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableDecember 26, 2006
  
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Flexible jaw inserts are non-marring and are easily removed. They're made of high impact ABS plastic for long life and heavy use. The dual pivot feature allows the Merle to clamp virtually any size or shape securely! Perfect for circles and ovals, plus triangles, hexagons, octagons, and more. 23-foot steel banding included. The Merle clamp has almost no capacity limitation! Clamps as small as 2-5/8-by-2-5/8-to-69-by-69-inch, or 23-feet around, but can be extended to any length by using standard 3/8-inch steel banding or strapping. The Merle clamp will hold any type of frame for easy gluing, nailing or screwing. Even jointing force at all corners. It's excellent for wide cabinet type frames (use in the center or edges), and also for narrow picture frames. The adjustable Merle clamp allows you to use as much or as little clamping pressure as needed. Cast aluminum and steel construction makes the Merle clamp a tough tool that will work hard and long for you. Quick Release Corner Clips pull off with finger pressure. Just clip on more corners and get to work!

Product Description

Flexible jaw inserts are non-marring and are easily removed. They're made of high impact ABS plastic for long life and heavy use. The dual pivot feature allows the Merle to clamp virtually any size or shape securely! Perfect for circles and ovals, plus triangles, hexagons, octagons, and more. 23' STEEL banding included. The Merle clamp has almost no capacity limitation! Clamps as small as 2-5/8" x 2-5/8" to 69" x 69", or 23' around, but can be extended to any length by using standard 3/8" steel banding or strapping. The Merle clamp will hold any type of frame for easy gluing, nailing or screwing. Even jointing force at all corners. It's excellent for wide cabinet type frames (use in the center or edges), and also for narrow picture frames. The adjustable Merle clamp allows you to use as much or as little clamping pressure as needed. Cast aluminum and steel construction makes the Merle clamp a tough tool that will work hard and long for you. Quick Release Corner Clips pull off with finger pressure. Just clip on more corners and get to work!

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Customer Reviews

I've used this clamp twice now since buying it and it works very nicely.
FreeMindStuck
The idea is a good one, but the devise that holds the metal strap is difficult to use. hard to get out and hard to retract.
Donna Hart
It's very good for pulling together things like picture frames, boxes, even coffee tables with multiple sides.
John W. Wendt

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John W. Wendt VINE VOICE on November 25, 2007
First thing you should know about these clamps is that you can order the extra corners from MLCS woodworking--they come in a box of 4--so that you can use this clamp for more than 4 corners. Well--I don't have a strap clamp, one that uses nylon strapping instead of a metal band, like this clamp. But I do own 3 of these clamps, and I know that you can put tremendous pressure on this metal band. It's very good for pulling together things like picture frames, boxes, even coffee tables with multiple sides. That metal band, as one reviewer mentioned, has the potential to cut you. I'ver personally never cut myself on the band, but if you want to play it safe, wear gloves. That's the price you pay for going the non-nylon way, but my belief is that you get more clamping pressure. These clamps have been more than adequate for all of the applications I've used them for. Those corner pieces have pivoting plastic pieces to fit a wide range of angles. They are tough; I've never broken one in the 5 years I've been using these. And they are non-marring. I doubt that you will find a band or strap clamp that can put the pressure on that these do, and the price is quite reasonable for that amount of clamping force compared to other similar clamps. Durable, powerful, reasonably priced, and versatile.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Melvin A. Morgan on October 26, 2009
The Merile Clamp is very well made except for one major part, the rewind system. Its hard to imagine how someone could put so much detail into a tool and then come up with the very poor design of getting the cable back into its retainer. The action of the spring spinning the flimsy handle could very easily hurt or break your finger. I used the clamp for the first time today and found the clamping ability to work very well, but the band retracing part has now broke. I can't understand why people are not complaining about the retracting of the band with this clamp. I am returning the Merle Clamp tomorrow.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marc I. Berrenson on July 27, 2007
Over the last five years I've bought scores of woodworking tools from Amazon for my shop. For me, Amazon is the place to be. I love it. Bought four of these. Well made, for the most part, though you should wear gloves since, instead of fabric, the connecting wire is very sharp metal and can cause severe cuts when rewound into the container. I like these, except, the rewind systems are sketchy, and the metal wire is very sharp and dangerous. One has detached from the rewind hub, and I'm using without the hub, which is space consuming and awkward.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Lienhart on January 10, 2007
I had one for 10-15 years and clamped hundreds of picture frames. It was starting to show wear on the screw mechanism. I ordered a new clamp and they also sent a free replacement for the old clamp. Now I have two really good clamps.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Steeves on October 14, 2008
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This thing works really well at pulling frames in tight during the gluing process. It's easy to use and it is well made. I recommend it to anyone who is making frames or frame-like items that need pressure clamping.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louis Lubera on February 7, 2009
I chose this tool after looking at 6 or 7 similar ones.
Although I purchased this tool mainly for picture frames, it has turned out to work great on lots of other chores. We recently used 2 of these to clamp together a 5 shelf book case while gluing. I don't think we could have done it with any other tool. Great tool, well built, worth every penny. (Hint: Buy a Pair)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt Story Studio on March 17, 2014
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I think this could only be better if it came with an assistant to do the work while I stood there and drank coffee. And she wears a low cut top. Okay--enough about me.

Easily worth twice what they're asking for it. Very well manufactured, all metal with an impact-plastic cast handle. It feels like its ready for high production use.

I used masking tape the first few times to hold the pieces in position while placing the clamp, but soon realized it wasn't necessary. I expected the placement to be awkward but it wasn't. Just dry assemble the frame, put the clamp in approximately the right position (on a flat surface of course); glue it up and reassemble; then tighten the clamp. I clamped large four sided picture frames alone and it took minutes with no frustration.

Very impressed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Radist on May 8, 2013
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It does what it is supposed to, and it is convenient that it can do farmes of large sizes and different shapes. The negatives:

1. The mechanisms to roll in and store the metal tape is porrly designed and inconvenient. I can live with that, though.

2. The removable plastic corner inserts are made of cheap plastic. One easily snapped on me when I was trying to put it back (and no, I didn;t use a hammer on it).

3. If you use if for a rectangular frame, you have to remove those inserts and then there is anough room for parts of your frame to misalign in the corners, you really have to pay attention at that when you clamp. I would prefer to have solid right-angled inserts in those corners, and I will probably come up with some to put in next time I am clamping a rectangular frame.

All in all, it is a useful tool, I am glad I bought it. Whether or not I could buy something better for the money is a different question.
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