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Sauce's adventures in woodworking #3: Harbor freight clamp retrofit

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Blog entry by SauceMan posted 02-18-2018 08:00 AM 842 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey,

This one goes out to Paul Sellers… He says he uses cheapo clamps that he strengthens by adding a piece of wood inside to make them sturdier. So I bought 10 HF clamps for $130, and tried it for myself…

Here you can see how easily these clamps bow and flex. In both cases I put very little pressure…

So I cut some long pieces of wood and cut a slot into then for the protruding notches on the aluminum. I used oak and hard maple because I had scraps of both on hand.

Put them in, and now I have 10 much more rigid clamps for cheap!

And if you were curious:
The square is 0.7”x1.10” with a notch that is about 1/8” deep. Your mileage may vary slightly.

Sauce



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htl

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#1 posted 02-18-2018 05:51 PM

Great How To!
I don’t need long clamps much any more as I don’t build a lot of large projects but at times do need some so really don’t want to but the big $$$ in a set so these clamps work just right and with your tip they will work and last much longer.

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#2 posted 02-18-2018 06:34 PM



Great How To!
I don t need long clamps much any more as I don t build a lot of large projects but at times do need some so really don t want to but the big $$$ in a set so these clamps work just right and with your tip they will work and last much longer.

- htl

For sure! Those super long ones (60”) are $16 each. The 36” were about $10 and the 48” somewhere in between.

I’d say that’s pretty cheap. Not sure I like the wide jaws on my long ones, they don’t look super parallel on one of the two already, so they may as well be narrower. (The regular sized ones were $15 each)

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#3 posted 02-19-2018 03:00 AM

Thanks for the info! I have a few of these and might give this a try.

-- But where does the meat go?

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#4 posted 02-21-2018 04:51 AM

Nice work. Gotta like Paul’s attitude; get the work done, and you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on the tools, just know how to make them into something of quality.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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