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My go-to T track hold down

My go-to T track hold down

04-11-2016 03:56 PM by GregD | 2 comments »

Not much to say. The T-Track Hold Downs from Peachtree Woodworking work very well. They are very easy to operate with one hand. The large brass disks don’t mar the work-piece when pressure is applied. And as a bonus I don’t have to give up any capacity on my cross cut and jointing jigs for the table saw; even if the work-piece extends to the edge of the jig, the foot of these hold downs can still reach under and grab the T-track.

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Damstom makes it easier

Damstom makes it easier

03-23-2016 12:04 PM by Tetedebois | 6 comments »

Hi everyone, I got myself a four pack of these couple weeks ago and these really make the panel gluing process easier and faster. Damstom clamps are well designed and works well. With the clamping pressure, there is no need to lock the rear caul part of it. Just push firmly on it as you clamp. As you know, the most important part of a panel gluing is the wood prep and no clamps will do it for you but if you want to make the process easier and faster, these clamps may be for you. Take a loo...

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Gorilla Gripper "Contractor" model

Gorilla Gripper "Contractor" model

11-29-2015 12:41 AM by Holbs | 4 comments »

I forget where I picked this up but wow… I should of used it much earlier than remembering only today it was somewhere in my black hole pile of goodies. This product EASILY makes lifting and moving 4’x8’ sheet goods a breeze. There are 3 versions:Gorilla Gripper ‘GP’ .. 0 to 3/4” (0 to 21mm)Gorilla Gripper ‘Contractor’ .. 3/8” to 1-1/8” (9 to 29mm)Gorilla ‘Door’ Gripper .. 1-1/4” to 2” (31 to 52mm)If you use sheet goods, this is a must have. I picked up 3 4’x8...

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Meets most of my intended purpose as a makeshift tail-vise, but hard to use effectively

Meets most of my intended purpose as a makeshift tail-vise, but hard to use effectively

08-02-2015 02:05 PM by paxorion | 2 comments »

When I set out to build my workbench, I knew its home would be in the basement right next to my wife’s fabric cutting table. The location made it hard to fit a tail vise without blocking the main walkway through the basement. Given that I was already pushing my wife’s forgiveness by setting my workbench in the basement, I knew I needed another option. I considered a variety of solutions, including the Veritas in-line vise, a Rocker Auto-Lock T-Track clamp (inspired by Dema's ...

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Gramercy Holdfast works well after tuning

Gramercy Holdfast works well after tuning

04-26-2015 11:42 PM by ic3ss | 13 comments »

I recently completed my Roubo bench and a set of holdfasts were the last item. Between the hand forged really nice and expensive ones and the cast iron made in china break on the first use cheap ones, there were these. They are not cast, so they have flexibility to not break under normal use. The cheap ones at woodcraft and rocker are cast, and they will break because they are cast. Nor are they hand wrought by a blacksmith. These are the best ones because they have the texture on the shan...

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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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These Clamps Are Terrible

These Clamps Are Terrible

12-09-2014 02:59 PM by Patrick | 40 comments »

It’s right there in the picture. The clamping pads are not parallel. The tops are touching and the bottoms have a gap. I got these the other day and they simply don’t work. You can’t get even clamping pressure with pads that are out of whack like this. I mean it’s in the picture that they have posted on Amazon. Ahhh. I have Dewalt quick clamps like these and they are awesome. I also have Irwin F style clamps that are awesome. What happened to these?

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Great design, good execution, excellent buy if on sale

Great design, good execution, excellent buy if on sale

12-06-2014 05:26 AM by paxorion | 6 comments »

These clamps were the first of my F-style clamp purchases to replace my HF F-style clamps. As of the review posting date, I have a set of 4 of these clamps. For full disclosure, my first choice would have been to get Bessey Tradesman with the 2K handle, but those things are rarely (if ever) on sale. I also have a set of 6 Bessey Tradesman in the 12” size so this review is a bit of a comparative review. At the full retail price, it’s , it’s a no brainer I would go for t...

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Hand Forged Holdfasts

Hand Forged Holdfasts

10-18-2014 03:34 AM by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 7 comments »

Follow the link for a review on a set of holdfasts that I made. Click here for the video.

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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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