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Another knock off success from Harbor Freight

Another knock off success from Harbor Freight

01-07-2013 11:08 PM by guitchess | 15 comments »

I realize that there may be many out there that dislike Harbor Freight, but when it comes to occasional use/accuracy not an issue tools, they are a viable, and cheap, alternative. While their tools tend to be pass or fail, these clamps are another pass. After seeing Askwoodman use the Festool and Bessy clamps, I knew I wanted some. However, at $40 each I couldn’t make myself hit the add to cart button, settling for continuing to use my traditional f clamps that I have always used. ...

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Wolfcraft 3681404 One-Handed Ratcheting Band Clamp

Wolfcraft 3681404 One-Handed Ratcheting Band Clamp

07-24-2013 03:30 PM by OakHill | 3 comments »

The Wolfcraft Ratcheting Band Clamp has become the ‘go-to’ clamp in this shop when doing final glue up on projects requiring ‘all-around’ clamping. With one hand on the clamp handles, the other hand is free to adjust the strap, align the pieces being glued or positioning of corner blocks and strap guide as seen in the photo. By depressing the release button and guiding the strap with one finger you can slowly draw in the strap until the parts are in alignment and the fit is to your sati...

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new clamp purchase

new clamp purchase

06-20-2010 06:32 PM by woodsmithshop | 16 comments »

I just purchased six of the Woodcraft clamping system clamps, they were on sale, plus if you bought $100 or more the shipping was free, I have been having trouble keeping any panels flat on glue ups, this system does a great job, though not totally perfect, you can get near and sometimes perfect if you are careful, and your 2×2 are made very square. you must plan ahead carefully when doing a glue up, otherwise it can be awkward trying to get your boards aligned, it is best to not add th...

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A barely viable alternative to the Bora, but most are duds

A barely viable alternative to the Bora, but most are duds

12-15-2013 04:31 AM by paxorion | 9 comments »

After I fitting my power tool collection with both a circular saw and router, I wanted to add a few easy to clamp edge guides to my tool collection. After playing with a variety of different edge guides in the market (Bora, Emerson, Woodriver), I settled on the Bora as the one that felt the best, given the long handle. All reviews about clamp edge tools I read highlighted the aluminum bar’s had a tendency to flex midway through a cut operation, making me think the wide track model was...

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Excellent clamp for the $$$

Excellent clamp for the $$$

06-02-2012 10:34 PM by RussellAP | 37 comments »

Woodworker rules:1. You can’t have too many clamps.2. If you have too many clamps, see rule one. I know how some of you feel about HF and Pittsburgh tools, but I gotta say that these clamps are wonderful. They come in just the right sizes for what I need and they clamp tight and don’t scar the work. I tried a couple each last time I went to HF 2 – 6”, 2 – 12”, and 2 – 36” and just now I ordered 4 more of the 6” and 4 12”. Total...

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Great Clamps Period, the price is just a bonus

Great Clamps Period, the price is just a bonus

03-05-2011 01:51 AM by patcollins | 20 comments »

This is a bar clamp from Harbor Freight. I only bought two because I wasn’t sure how good it would be and some stuff from there is junk. These beauties only cost me $3.99 each but when I got them home and used them I could not believe the value in this purchase. The screw has a very nice rubberized grip which i like alot better than a simple wood handle. The rubber pads are nice and study and actually stay on, I tightened these puppies down and they did not slip at all. I bet if...

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Ingenious Concept in construction

Ingenious Concept in construction

11-26-2012 05:38 AM by David Craig | 28 comments »

When I made the move to replace my junk bench with an actual woodworking bench, one of the first things I wanted, accessory wise, was a pair of holdfasts. For the uninitiated, holdfasts are an ancient method for holding a work piece to a bench. The construction is simple, a metal bar with a hook on it that uses compression to hold a work piece to the bench. You tap the bar in a dog hole, the bar will flex in the dog hole like a compression spring and the piece is secure. The picture tells the...

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Worth every dollar I paid for them

Worth every dollar I paid for them

05-27-2014 05:03 PM by paxorion | 14 comments »

OK, so my title might be a bit misleading. As a hobbyist, I don’t think I would be able to justify spending that healthy chunk of change on clamps if I paid the full retail price. Like many others, when the JET parallel clamps went on sale for 50% off during Black Friday 2013, I pulled the trigger to buy some, and I picked up the framing set (2×24” and 2×40” with the clamp blocks and bench-dog pins). Since I started using the JET parallel clamps, I’ve defi...

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Bessey Clamps Get The Job Done

Bessey Clamps Get The Job Done

10-15-2012 09:41 PM by pintodeluxe | 33 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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Jorgensen 7200 Series Bar Clamp

Jorgensen 7200 Series Bar Clamp

07-14-2009 09:59 PM by tenontim | 8 comments »

I’ve been upgrading my clamp collection, to include these 7200 series bar clamps, by Jorgensen. I had a couple of older Jorgensen clamps, and was happy with them. They were a quality product. Recently, I purchased a dozen of the 36” bar clamps, to replace the bar clamps that I normally use for my table top glue ups. The first time I used these clamps, I had the clutch plates on 4 clamps break. One clamp broke all 5 clutches at the same time. I was quite disappointed, since t...

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