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Project by Houtje posted 1370 days ago 8402 views 13 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed some festool clamps for my MFT 3 table.
As you know they are expensive…..... € 40,-
So I found cheap clamps in a store and thought lets give it a try.

1. The cheap clamps 2 for € 3,- .
2. Removed the top of the clamp.
3. Cut some 6 cm of metal strips and drill a hole in the middle.
4. Did the same on the end of the metal strips of the clamp and put them togeher with a rivet.
5. Tatarataaaaaa… here they are.
6. Here the clamps doing there work.

You can also use them as benchclamps for our workbench.

Houtje





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Woodwrecker

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#1 posted 1370 days ago

Very smart idea my friend.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Thank you for showing us.

-- Having fun...Eric

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Paul

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#2 posted 1370 days ago

Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe the Festool clamps will hold better.
Check with their tech department.

Houtje, the marketing department has you believing that you are on the cheap..
I believe you will get more pleasure out of these then the brand name clamps and that is why you posted about them in here.
Would you have posted about them had you bought the BRAND clamps?

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Houtje

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#3 posted 1370 days ago

I also have the festool clamps, but I needed more and my ocket was empty that’s why I made some on the cheap. For now the work well.

Houtje

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Sodabowski

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#4 posted 1370 days ago

I find them very clever. BTW where did you buy these for 3€ a pair? That’s an insane price, I paid 7€ for a pair of the same.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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rivergirl

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#5 posted 1370 days ago

The height of ingenuity. I think you should post this on the Festool site. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Houtje

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#6 posted 1370 days ago

Rivergirl,
I think I will do that…...
I allready get $$$$$$$ sign in my eyes :-)

Houtje

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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 1370 days ago

great idea to do it with a cheap clamp
and I´ll bett 2 of them will hold as long as one of Festools
and it just a matter of using a hacksaw to scrach the back
of the raiser and a new screw if yours go when the time come

thank´s for sharing it
Dennis

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mafe

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#8 posted 1370 days ago

Wonderful idea, I love it, perhaps because I have the MFT table also – this I will follow and make a bunch for a fair price.
Thank you!!!
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Timthemailman

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#9 posted 1370 days ago

Nice post, has anyone else made them ?

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swirt

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#10 posted 1370 days ago

b2rtch made some a while back. Scroll most of the way down this review
http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/1469

His version used the clutch style F-clamps which I would favor for this since their setting won’t change and slip every time you loosen them.

Either way, the design is nice as it works with all 3/4” dog holes not just on festool.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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PaBull

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#11 posted 1369 days ago

Jij bent een echte zuinige Hollander!

Thanks for the tip. I need the bench top first.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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Dusty56

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#12 posted 1369 days ago

I also use these cheap clamps for sacrifices , but find that their coarse thread design leaves a lot to be desired when real tightening is needed.
I really like your use for them though : )

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

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a1Jim

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#13 posted 1369 days ago

good thinking.

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mafe

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#14 posted 1368 days ago

Brilliant thinking!
First of all, I guess you are not trying to compeed with Festool, just to make a useful cheap clamping alternative. And this is brilliant. I’ll make some my self I think.
I have to be a little critical also…
The preassure are not going direct down with these as they do with the original, or more exactly it goes sideways. This is not a big problem, but can be a pain in the… on a glue up.
And yes the quality are not compareable, when it comes to force Festools are quite strong.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Greedo

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#15 posted 1368 days ago

hehe, you come up with your own clamps to put on a mdf table you bought for 650 euro. :p
i would have done the inverse, make me a mdf table and buy the clamps lol

goed idee in ieder geval!

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