Spring Clamp re-make

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Blog entry by hunter71 posted 01-19-2010 01:35 PM 1472 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am sure all of us have fallen to the $.89 black and orange plastic, made in china, hand spring clamp purchase. I did at a discount store special one day and bought 10 of the “sturdy looking” 9” clamps. I thought they would make good clamps for holding the strips in my strip canoe while the glue drys. Well I am ready to start the strip built canoe project and 6 of the 10 are broken. Nothing I did that I see. They just snap at any time sending the pieces across the shop. Not being one to throw anything “good” away I took the spring and bolt out of them and put them a side for some other project. Then it hit me. Build good quality hardwood clamps. Using the springs and bolt. Not only can you expect years of life from the new clamps, you can make them to suit your needs. Longer with deeper cut outs, small and strong, your imagination and needs make them a good addition to your shop. I had a few pieces of exotic hardwood flooring and made some beautiful looking clamps too. I wonder if you could even buy the spring and bolt for under the dollar price of the plastic ones. I think I will stop by the bargain store next time I am out that way and buy the larger $1.29 size and just tear them apart to make some QUALITY spring clamps.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 01-19-2010 03:19 PM

I’m with you for that one I guess you get what you pay for.
Same thing happened to me, still you got 4 out of 10 not a bad score. lol lol

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#2 posted 01-19-2010 04:12 PM

I´m with you on that one
but as a newbee I allso
look forward to see some
pictures of them when
they are done


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#3 posted 01-19-2010 09:23 PM

Thanks for the tip. Photos, while not absolutely necessary, would be nice.(I’ve addicted to pictures being on this site).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Occie gilliam

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#4 posted 01-19-2010 09:32 PM

Nice way to work around the china junk. thanks for posting

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#5 posted 01-28-2010 07:04 PM

Please send a picture. I also am looking for ideas for unique clamps for glueing up irregular pieces.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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John Gray

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#6 posted 01-28-2010 07:56 PM

Great idea!!!! Photos PLEASE.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#7 posted 01-28-2010 08:10 PM

more pics !
more pics !

sounds like a winner !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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