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Another Veritas winner - Mounting plates for use with Bessey Clamps on Festool MFT

Another Veritas winner - Mounting plates for use with Bessey Clamps on Festool MFT

389 days ago by jusfine | 4 comments »

As I was leaving the Lee Valley store late this last week, I glanced over at the Festool display and noticed the Bessey Self Adjusting clamps sitting on the MFT table. Having not previously seen them and used to the De-Sta-Co models for jigs in my shop, I stopped to examine the quality and then noticed the Veritas plate for use with the Festool MFT or other 20mm holes in a bench. Very simply, it is a black aluminum anodized plate with a threaded post inserted (could it be switched out t...

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If you have never bought a good clamp,  Do it now with the Bessey.

If you have never bought a good clamp, Do it now with the Bessey.

817 days ago by Schimmel | 28 comments »

I have never spent any real money on clamps and now that I have I now regret not doing it sooner. I dropped the coin to get some Bessey Revo clamps and cant believe how much I like them. So much I wanted to share. Here is a short video review. http://youtu.be/J4KMRo0bdVs

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Great Little Clamp, Still Made in Germany

Great Little Clamp, Still Made in Germany

623 days ago by NiteWalker | 8 comments »

For a long while, I was using the small black and orange spring clamps for holding corner blocks in place, but since these blocks are somewhat load bearing in the application I use them for, I wanted something that would give me better clamping pressure without being too big or cumbersome. These clamps fit the bill perfectly. They’re small, lightweight, have excellent build quality, have good clamping force and they weren’t too expensive. I got them from mcfeely’s, who ha...

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Great Clamps, Thank you Bessey!

Great Clamps, Thank you Bessey!

352 days ago by The Box Whisperer | 1 comment »

After applying online to be a product tester, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a response from a Bessey employee. Apparently I had made the “cut” and they wanted me to review their clamps. I was thrilled, as every good woodworker out there has said, you can never have enough clamps. The interactions with the employee were very friendly, and I was asked which products among the auto adjust toggle clamps I would like to try. I picked out 8 clamps and waited like a kid at Chris...

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K-body clamp extenders

K-body clamp extenders

2123 days ago by dsb1829 | 7 comments »

I picked up a set of the K-body clamp extenders a couple months back from Woodcraft. I had a table project coming up and knew that clamping the long aprons would require clamps in excess of the 50 inchers that I had. I was initially impressed by the solid construction of these. Honestly I think you would get back near half of the price in scrap value on the billet. The bolts are massive. The extrusion is formed to match the contours of the steel rails of the K-body clamps. Well last n...

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New Parallel clamps from Bessey

New Parallel clamps from Bessey

1986 days ago by Tony | 6 comments »

I recently purchased quite a few of these clamps – see my blog http://lumberjocks.com/topics/5240. These clamps are the next progression of the old K.Body clamp from Bessey and are available in 8 sizes from 300 mm (12”) to 2500mm (98”). I found the clamps to have a professional feel of German engineering, which gave you confidence when you used them. The clamping pads stay perfectly square and parallel even when full torqued, the non mar pads are very effective on semi h...

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Bessey Falls Down On key Features

Bessey Falls Down On key Features

681 days ago by pintodeluxe | 32 comments »

Pros:Great handle is easy to grip.Easy to release.Bar has decent rigidity.Large clamp pad surface area. Cons:Difficult to engage clamping pressure – clamps often won’t “bite” then you are forced to reset the threads and try again. This usually occurs during a glueup, when time is of the essence.Nothing holds he moveable clamp head in position when not in use. Occasionally that part will slide down the bar and slam into the fixed head. Most clamps have triggers to...

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My quick grip clamps are now gathering dust

My quick grip clamps are now gathering dust

562 days ago by Marcus | 19 comments »

Well, maybe my quick grip clamps are not gathering dust, but they are definitely not getting used near as much after purchase a few of these. I bought 3 of the 40” versions to supplement other clamps on a very large glue. They quickly became my go to clamps. Unlike my other bessey parallel clamps, these have a nice large rubber handle that make it easy to really twist and lock down on a piece. I’ve yet to have any issues with flexing with them either, but most of the work I ...

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The KRs baby sibling

The KRs baby sibling

1986 days ago by Tony | 1 comment »

I recently purchased quite a few of these clamps – see my blog http://lumberjocks.com/topics/5240. These clamps are a lower grade parallel clamp than the K or the KR versions from Bessey and are available in 300 mm (12”) and 600mm (24”), with a 80mm (3”) jaw length. I found the clamps to be more than adequate for light clamping, but do not expect the same performance as the KR. The clamping pads stay relatively square and parallel even when full torqued, there are ...

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Lightweight lever ratchet clamp

Lightweight lever ratchet clamp

1986 days ago by Tony | 1 comment »

I recently purchased quite a few of these clamps – see my blog http://lumberjocks.com/topics/5240. These clamps are available in 200 mm (8”) and 250mm (10”), with a 80mm (3”) jaw length. I found the clamps to be more than adequate for light clamping. They are very easy to use especially on smaller items such as boxes, where a light touch may be needed with thinner materials are used, however they are equally at home clamping jigs to the table or machine. These cla...

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