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Project by kiefer posted 150 days ago 3335 views 47 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the shop version of the Parallego clamp I designed and posted recently .
I am working on my new work bench and got to the point where I needed more bar clamps to glue up the top so what better time to make more clamps .
For this version I used T bar for the beam and a bunch of oak railing off cuts that a friend gave me putting the cost at about $ 25.00 for the four clamps .
I started with the t bar and then made up the head and tail stock pieces from the oak spindle off cuts and drilled and threaded them to accept the screws which are 3/4” ready rod and have a handle fit on it which is 1 3/4 diameter and very comfortable and gives a good grip.The threading was done with a shop made tap which is shown in pic 3 and the threads are reinforced with CA glue and lubricated with wax .

The jaws are held to the screws by a flat rubber O ring which is fitted into a groove on the end of the screw and the screw bears against a washer in the jaw and the cover holds it all together .
The head and tail stock are cut out with the band and table saw to fit over the T bar ,the head stock is bolted and is a tight fit and the tail stock is a sliding fit but locks when pressure is applied .
The big feature of this clamp is that I can manipulate the work piece being clamped by applying pressure to the top or bottom of the jaws bringing the work piece into square see ( ) for examples of this .
The clamp has all the function and capability’s of the original and works well as you can see in pic 4 which is a dry fit of the two halves of the top ,the winding sticks show the top is perfectly flat and I hope it continuous with the outside layers added . The box of scrap in Pic 5 is what I started with and I also got to keep the vintage box dated 1961 Any questions I will be glad to answer .

-- Kiefer 松

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#1 posted 150 days ago

Those are better than the ones you pay big bucks for.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#2 posted 150 days ago

These you can’t buy you have to make them yourself but they certainly are inexpensive and simple to make and have many clamping options that will surprise you .

-- Kiefer 松

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#3 posted 150 days ago

These are really fine Kiefer.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#4 posted 150 days ago

Excellent as always Klaus.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#5 posted 150 days ago

Very Nice Project Indeed Kiefer! Great Workmanship! Thanks For Sharing!


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#6 posted 150 days ago

Great idea. You may be able to retire soon with this idea.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#7 posted 150 days ago

great clamps.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 150 days ago

Love them. Even the hexagon handle for a better grip. Well done.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#9 posted 150 days ago

Great clamps you have there, Kiefer. Another super creation!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 150 days ago

Kiefer you sure good at making tools to make your work easier, very nice clamps

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#11 posted 150 days ago

very cleaver ,as always

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#12 posted 150 days ago


You make functional elegant! I can’t make functional work. LOL!

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#13 posted 150 days ago

Nicely done. I do like the design.

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#14 posted 150 days ago

What a great idea and quite the money saver…awesome workshop project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#15 posted 150 days ago

Very nice clamps Kiefer.
I like both your display version and these for the shop. You`ll get a lot of good use out of them I am sure

I specially like the O-ring to hold the plate in place at the end of the threaded rod.

Do you have to split the pressure plate if the O-ring comes off?


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