Pedal clamp

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Project by Ben Simms posted 874 days ago 3398 views 13 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first try at an idea I’ve had kicking around in my head. There is a rubber pad at the clamp point and it holds great. I am open to any suggestions.

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#1 posted 874 days ago

Looks like a $ 50,000 nut cracker. lol

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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#2 posted 874 days ago

Sort of a twist on the shaving horse idea for the bench. I should think it would hold fine, but might cause a problem with movement due to having to have your weight on the pedal for the item to actually hold the work. If you had a way to push down on the pedal and lock it in place so that you don’t have to keep your weight on the pedal, I think you would have something then. Especially if you also had a convenient quick release on it.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 874 days ago

This looks like it could be the next big bench craze. Well done.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#4 posted 874 days ago

Creativity at it’s finest.

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

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#5 posted 874 days ago

I know guys in blacksmithing that do something similar with a loop of chain throught he pritchel hole. Works great for odd shaped stock and most of all really quick!
The quick release docholloday was talking about could be achieved with a section of pipe and pipe clamp tail stock. Might take some tweeking but I believe doable.
Good luck, BTKS

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

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#6 posted 874 days ago

A simple sailing cleat in the line would hold fast and a quick flick on the line would release. But yours is the great idea to start with!

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#7 posted 874 days ago

Smart idea Ben.
That will be in the next Workbench Book !

-- Having fun...Eric

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Mark A. DeCou

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#8 posted 874 days ago

years ago I ran onto another powder horn maker, and he used a similar concept to hold his horns in place while working on them. I made a sketch of it, and planned to build one for myself. I think it’s been 12-15 years ago now. At least I still have the sketch even if I never did get the foot clamp built.

I say good job!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Sam Shakouri

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#9 posted 874 days ago

It could be a good idea for a big job, but what did it give you more than a normal hand clamp?
I like Lizardhead’s comment.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#10 posted 874 days ago

How about a spring to hold tension on your work and step on the pedal to release?

Looks good and useful.

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#11 posted 874 days ago

This has some potential, good thinking! I’d incorporate a pulley system so that you can get more clamping power (although I am aware that your current configuration is already x2 as far as leverage goes. You tell us…how well does it work?

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#12 posted 874 days ago

Great idea !
Simple with great potential .


-- Kiefer 松

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#13 posted 874 days ago

I like it, but wait a minute, oldoak just may be onto something !

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#14 posted 874 days ago

That’s a cool idea, I need to try that, thanks for posting

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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Ben Simms

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#15 posted 874 days ago

lizardhead, ha ha i don’t think i’ll try. All the parts were free.
docholladay, Yes it is a little annoying to have my foot on it the whole time. I was thinking that it needs to lock tight good point.
Philip, thank you.
MShort, thanks man.
BTKS, Brilliant! when I got home I grabbed one one of my old pipe clamps and jammed it under the table next to the pedal and it works great! i just need to devise a paddle for the release.
exelectrician, good idea i will have to give this a try, thanks
Woodwrecker, thanks, fingers crossed;)
Mark A. DeCou, you should dust off that sketch and give it a try.
Sam Shakouri, as vakman pointed out it i get some decent mechanical advantage, I’m sure a hand clamp would work to but its not done yet.
oldoak, a spring, oh cool. I will need a spring but yes I will try it.
vakman, yes a pully… I can do that.
kiefer, thank you.
cabmaker, Agreed!
Martyroc, sure thing man.
thanks for all the comments.

I will try out ideas and update/re-post

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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