Hold-down Clamps

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Project by Dodeka posted 03-28-2010 05:32 PM 19969 views 105 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like the hold-down clamps that Incra makes, but I thought I could make them for less than the $10 they’re selling for. Like the Incra design, these have a swivel so that the bolt can remain vertical while the clamp body tilts to adjust for the height of whatever you’re clamping. The body is poplar, and the swivel is oak dowel. I even coated the ends in Plasti-Dip for extra grip and to reduce marring of the workpiece.

Here is a link to a PDF template of the body. The rest of it is pretty straight-forward.

-- Liszka

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#1 posted 03-28-2010 05:55 PM

Very cool clamps, been looking at some of these, might just have to make some. Nice job.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#2 posted 03-28-2010 05:58 PM

Very nice…..I was wondering if you had used the Plasti Dip or if it was paint : ) Great job and a nice money saver !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 03-28-2010 06:14 PM

Great Idea

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 03-28-2010 06:41 PM

very cool…. gotta start to wonder if there is a tool out there that can’t be made out of wood…. well done…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#5 posted 03-28-2010 07:12 PM

professional looking, and very inspirational. Thanks!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#6 posted 03-28-2010 08:48 PM

As I heard, we can never have enough… tools, even shopmade.

Great job! Nice looking and well made. They’re already on my ‘todo’ list. Thanks for sharing.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#7 posted 03-29-2010 12:20 AM

Wonderful thank you.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 03-29-2010 12:27 AM

nicely done!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 03-29-2010 12:28 AM

Pretty slick!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#10 posted 03-29-2010 03:05 AM

Very resourseful shop work. I like these and they look great.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#11 posted 03-30-2010 04:32 PM

home made tools are great
and if the is a buck to save
even better they looks great


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#12 posted 04-03-2010 03:34 PM

Very nice. I really enjoy to see people’s homemade tools. Great inpirations to follow. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#13 posted 04-03-2010 04:38 PM

great work you just saved $20

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#14 posted 04-04-2010 06:56 PM

This inspired me too and Iv’e made several now.
Not as easy as it seemed but they work well.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#15 posted 11-07-2010 03:15 AM

Really good idea

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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