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Project by SteveMI posted 10-28-2009 05:19 AM 4210 views 9 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like an earlier post
I needed some hold downs for a new project and just could not rationalize the woodcraft price. So I went looking at the local big box store and found an answer. Bought a clamp for I believe under $2, drilled out the rivet, cut the tabs with tin snips, drilled several holes in the steel, trimmed the rubber and done.

The application I had needed to use #8 screws which drove the size. Obviously there are much larger clamps that could be modified just as easily. That is on my list for this weekend.

Not being a metal working guy, I put three holes in the arms for different adjustments.


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#1 posted 10-28-2009 05:50 AM

Brillant, like the sun. Lest I ever forget why I visit LJ at least once a day. I must have 20 of those clamps sitting around looking for a job.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#2 posted 10-28-2009 06:10 AM

Very cool Idea and nice use of a clamp that hardly gets used.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#3 posted 10-28-2009 06:14 AM

Man! that is going to be some pissed off clamps when i start drilling them but I paiid for them so why can I not put them to work? I too have a dozen of those gathering dust in the shop great idea!

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#4 posted 10-28-2009 06:50 AM

It’s a fun project, I supposed.

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#5 posted 10-28-2009 11:44 AM

Steve, this is a good idea, but if you want even cheaper clamps you might have a look at the toggle clamps I designed and made out of plywood scraps. You can find them with the plans in my projects on my home page. You can also see one on my workshop photos being used on my sanding jig.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 10-28-2009 01:56 PM

HD sells some of those clamps for $0.99 they have green rubber thingys

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#7 posted 10-28-2009 03:55 PM


-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#8 posted 10-28-2009 04:33 PM

Great idea!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#9 posted 10-28-2009 05:03 PM

Mike – I have some commercial toggle clamps, but this application had hardly any clearance above the work surface. Your shop made toggles have been in my favorites and I have a plan (in my head) to modify them for a glue up fixture using a couple additions, still shop made. Will post it for your review when done.

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#10 posted 10-28-2009 07:38 PM

looks good, but why not just use wood scraps? is it because the rubber ends make a difference?

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#11 posted 10-28-2009 09:45 PM

Consider this idea stolen!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 10-28-2009 09:47 PM

hokiemojo – I needed very low profile above the board being held. If I made them out of wood, then they may have been too high using the scraps I had available. The rubber ends are a plus as they don’t leave any mark on the wood and help with keeping tension.

Actually, with the shop made and commercial it seems that putting a strip of rubber under one end of the hold down would be helpful to maintain the clamp load. In a normal clamp load (torque) you actually stretch the bolt which isn’t practical in wood work.


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#13 posted 10-28-2009 11:19 PM

cool. thanks for the response.

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#14 posted 10-28-2009 11:43 PM

I have aluminum stock and vinyl dip both go well together. Does the same and make it any length you want.

The aluminum stoch is 1/2” wide by 1/8” thick by 4 ft. And a can of vinyl dip is about 7 bucks and goes a long way.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#15 posted 10-29-2009 05:15 AM

Excellent idea, thanks.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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