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Harbor Freight Toggle Clamp

Harbor Freight Toggle Clamp

03-29-2014 05:21 PM by Jerry | 16 comments »

http://www.harborfreight.com/500-lb-horizontal-toggle-clamp-96233.html Hard to beat for the money, I just bought two and am very very happy with them. Very substantial and very high quality. For $5.49 as opposed to Rockler’s > $20.00 price, they’re hard to beat.

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Harbor freight clamps

Harbor freight clamps

03-24-2013 04:35 PM by Mark | 16 comments »

I was down in Bellingham on Fri. ( after an hr wait at the boarder) and thought I’d stop and check out Harbor Freight, as I’ve heard so much about it. There was a post by one of the LJ’s that said their clamps were pretty fair. I picked up 3 of the 12” bar clamps and 2 -3/4” pipe clamps. I haven’t tried the pipe clamps as yet but the bar clamps work just fine. At $4.00 ea ya can’t go wrong. I would recommend this product. I also stopped at the...

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Very promising clamp edge system

Very promising clamp edge system

01-20-2015 02:23 AM by paxorion | 11 comments »

Like many other woodworkers, I’ve done a dance around buying a track saw or making due with after market and/or shop made guides. Knowing that I’d be in the dog house if I splurged on a track saw (i.e. Festool) before I had a decent portfolio of sheet-goods based projects, I attempted to make due with two HF straight edge and a home-made guide. At shorter lengths (up to ~24-30”) that solution work fine. Any longer, and it becomes a pick your poison question of fighting de...

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Aluminium 4" Box Clamp Review

Aluminium 4" Box Clamp Review

10-10-2014 07:39 PM by timbertailor | 7 comments »

I am old school, so buying metal tools that once were standard, everyday commodities, seems to be something that has lived with me as I have grown over the years. I seem to appreciate metal tools more and more every day( in this day and age of injected, molded plastic, disposable tools and appliances made in an Asian country that American company’s can not compete with) that are made state side. I put off buying these for many years and struggled through the process of assembly and g...

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Good, Better, Bessey

Good, Better, Bessey

10-14-2014 09:10 PM by pintodeluxe | 7 comments »

Good, Better, BesseyA Look at the Current Bessey Parallel Clamp LineupLooking at parallel clamps side-by-side, some features are instantly apparent. Bar size, jaw surface area, and handle diameter are all key to clamp performance. The handle material made a difference in my testing as well. The UniClamp is the smallest parallel clamp, with a lightweight bar to match. The jaw faces are small compared to other clamps in this class, but compare favorably to “F” style clamps. The handle di...

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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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Buyer Beware!

Buyer Beware!

04-08-2009 04:10 AM by Topapilot | 34 comments »

A store called “Big Lots!” moved into town this winter, and since I’d heard about clamp deals there I went to find out. They do have “deals”, F-type clamps for $6, parallel clamps for $10. I’ve purchased three types of clamps, the first put to the test were these 24” F-style bar clamps. At the store I was carefull to check that they all worked properly, then bought 10 for $60. When using them I found two problems, and one is a show stopper. Fir...

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Move over Bessey Revos?

Move over Bessey Revos?

02-16-2013 08:55 PM by Marcus | 20 comments »

I recently did a quick write up of a couple of Bessey Revo clamps that I had just purchased. I was very pleased and still am with them. In the comments, the Jorgenson Cabinet Master’s seemed pretty popular, so in the back of my mind, I thought I would try them out some day. I rarely go to Woodcraft due to it’s proximity, but I needed a piece of padauk ASAP and my normal lumberyard is closed and the Rockler down the road was sold out. I gave Woodcraft a call and they had some...

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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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A great clamp for what it is meant for - One-handed clamping

A great clamp for what it is meant for - One-handed clamping

07-08-2014 01:51 AM by paxorion | 3 comments »

Way back when (after home ownership but before my woodworking hobby), I thought that these beefy Irwin Quick-Grip XP600 were the most awesome clamps. After all, why would I want a heavy clamp (i.e. the parallel clamps a few inches away at the big box store) where I’d have to use 2 hands? Fast forward a few years, and I now have a more realistic perspective of these clamps. Recently, I splurged and picked up 8 of the 12” model from my local Home Depot. My decision was prompte...

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