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A great alternative to the Jorgensen Pony, worth all $8 I spent for each fixture

A great alternative to the Jorgensen Pony, worth all $8 I spent for each fixture

12-15-2013 03:18 AM by paxorion | 3 comments »

The HF 3/4” Pipe Clamp with Base fixture is probably the only of my many HF acquisitions that has never given me a problem. After discovering the inadequacies of F-style clamps in the greater than 12” range (too much flex), I took the road traveled by many a woodworker before me and began looking to pipe clamps. I began pricing out Jorgensen Pony pipe clamp fixtures and found them to be a bit more expensive than I had anticipated, so I took a chance and bought 1 fixture from HF ...

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The Harbor Freight way of jump starting your clamp collection

The Harbor Freight way of jump starting your clamp collection

12-11-2013 03:17 AM by paxorion | 45 comments »

When I first began dabbling in woodworking, I had zero clamps and high aspirations. Stocking up on the well F-style Harbor Freight clamps seemed like a good idea. For months, I impulsively made trips to HF and picked up one HF F-style bar clamp (using a 20% off coupon) and 1 freebie per trip. Fast forward 2 years, and I now have 10×6”, 6×12”, 2×18” and 2×24”. Overall impression is that the HF F-style clamp was the most inexpensive way of jump st...

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Panel clamps, perfect for cutting boards

Panel clamps, perfect for cutting boards

11-30-2013 04:26 AM by CalgaryGeoff | 28 comments »

I’ve been building end grain cutting boards for years and using pipe clamps and glue up jigs. Usually very messy and a slight bow developed during glue ups. Well, a fellow LJ member and I have been thinking there has to be a better way. Recently he sent me a link to check out some new clamps, wow, it looks like the perfect solution to cutting board glue up. Here’s a link to a 50 second YouTube video showing an animation of them in action. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SYR957Y...

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You may never need these...

You may never need these...

09-21-2013 08:37 PM by Routerisstillmyname | 7 comments »

But when there’s a need for ultra deep jaw clamps 12 inches nothing else will work.So, I put off buying these for a long time and sure enough I have a job at hand that needs these. @ 10 a piece you cant beat the price and quality.you could take the pin out and replace it with a handle but I see no need to that.

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Great Clamps, Thank you Bessey!

Great Clamps, Thank you Bessey!

09-09-2013 03:03 PM 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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Quick Release Clamps:  Jorgensen vs. Harbor Freight

Quick Release Clamps: Jorgensen vs. Harbor Freight

08-25-2013 09:34 PM by SirFatty | 44 comments »

I recently purchased some Harbor Freight clamps that are still on sale, “12 clamps, “18 clamps and “36 clamps (the picture shows the 36” as yellow, but they are blue in the store). Decided to go with these because, quite honestly, they look almost exactly like Jorgensen clamps. The main difference, besides the cost, is the plastic/rubberized grip versus the Jorgensen’s hardwood. Although the castings are a bit rough, there’s no doubt where the Harbor F...

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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

08-03-2013 05:54 PM 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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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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Clamps for glue edge boards

Clamps for glue edge boards

06-20-2013 09:48 PM by jerrells | 5 comments »

I do a lot of glue edge board glue-ups and was looking for a better and faster clamping system. My old one required four hand clamps and 4 cauls and did a fine job but the set up was very time consuming. After receiving some money for father’s day, I decided to give these a try. I must admit the guys at the local Rockler store were not helpful with any recommendations on the product. Also, at least my box came with NO instructions at all. Now I did have in mind what I wanted to accomplish ...

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Best double-sided tape I've used

Best double-sided tape I've used

06-20-2013 07:50 PM by Beezle | 6 comments »

I have tried many different methods of holding down work while routing or otherwise machining wood. Most work well enough, but I also happen to use a CNC milling machine to cut wood and in that case the material needs to be very stable and the thickness added by the tape must be consistent. Not to mention not damage anything upon removal. It’s a lot to ask and there seems to be a lot of different tapes out there. I recently noticed that Micro Fence sells a tape and I thought I wou...

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