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Project by Mauricio posted 06-03-2011 05:41 PM 3641 views 13 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made these a while back, I figure I would post them. All you need is some scrap wood, a piece of aluminum bar and some tension pins. I’ve clamped them onto a scale and they get about 50lbs of pressure. Useful when you just need another pair of hands and don’t need a huge amount of force. But mostly just fun to make.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch





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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 06-03-2011 07:35 PM

Nice job

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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djwong

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#2 posted 06-03-2011 07:39 PM

Looks like a great project. I had to look up what a “tension pin” is (wikipedia). Mcmasters has a good selection.

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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Bertha

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#3 posted 06-03-2011 07:45 PM

These, I love! I’ve always wanted to make some of these. I made my own handscrews and people at my old job (a hospital, strangely) thought they were the coolest thing in the world to clip to their bookcase and hang their coats from them. So, alas, I now have none. What’s even cooler is that I see little dings in the aluminum, meaning you actually USE yours! Add it to the list. Very nice work.

P.S. I want to cry everytime I see your figured walnut Krenov.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Mauricio

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#4 posted 06-03-2011 08:03 PM

Thanks Bertha, I though of making the handscrews once but decided on these. I use them quiet a bit when I’m cutting or drilling something by hand or if I need a little more reach than my other clamps.

I also one day want to make a wooden bench vise with the wooden screw. Like this guy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi5vD39sKa4
My Dad hooked me up with a huge nut and bolt they use on cranes. One day… So many ideas, so little time.

You funny, I’m glad you like the plane. Now I’m thinking of making a grooving plane with a chisle like MaFe.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Bertha

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#5 posted 06-03-2011 08:05 PM

Thank you Mauricio, I posted your plane as a mystery at

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/26023

It won’t take them long to spot your work!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 06-04-2011 12:56 AM

Nice job Mauricio. I think I might need to make a set of these.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#7 posted 12-29-2011 04:55 AM

Great idea!

One never has enough clamps and when used as an extra hand, they are indispensable.

Well done.

Anforte

-- Anforte NJ

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#8 posted 12-29-2011 05:10 AM

Good clamps

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#9 posted 04-17-2012 07:47 PM

I love these. How have they held up? Got any pics in action?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Mauricio

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#10 posted 04-17-2012 07:52 PM

they work pretty good. no action pics. I do use them but for light dutty. I would make them again but beef them up a bit.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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