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Forum topic by jusfine posted 01-11-2016 07:07 PM 646 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jusfine

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01-11-2016 07:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip clamps hockey tape resource

I am finding it is harder lately to get a good grip on the old wooden Bessey K clamp handles (it’s that age thing I think).

I found some hockey stick tape at a local shop, it will cover about 6-10 clamp handles. A roll is under $3.00 and so I decided to try it out.

It does work well for me, I hope this will be of value to someone else as well…

Checked the preview, not sure why my photos loaded sideways or how to fix that…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."


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#1 posted 01-11-2016 09:21 PM

That seems like a good solution. I dip my wooden clamp handles in Plasti-Dip to rubberize them. Sometimes I also drill a small hole through the bottom of the handle and insert a short bolt and lock nut to make it easier to quickly spin it closed.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#2 posted 01-11-2016 10:20 PM

Good tip, Randy! I am going to do that to some of the ones I am having trouble gripping.

-- Mike

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#3 posted 01-11-2016 11:27 PM

That is a great idea Randy! Thanks, I’ll have to remember it for later.

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#4 posted 01-12-2016 03:50 AM

Several good suggestions, thanks for the tips guys!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 01-12-2016 04:01 AM

I remember when that was called electrical tape and it was used on hockey sticks to get a better grip. Oh and I ain’t that old :)

Thanks for the tip. The cold is starting to get to my bones more and more each year. I’m sure the tape will help.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#6 posted 01-12-2016 10:20 PM

Bill, this hockey tape is a little different material, it feels more like a fabric than a rubbery electrical tape.

Regardless, it seems to work!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#7 posted 01-12-2016 10:28 PM

Oh I know. Electrical tape used to be fabric. It still may be used in some applications. As kids we used to go to the hardware store to buy it to tape up our hockey sticks and baseball bat handles. You get a better grip and it takes some of the sting out. It was fabric just like the stuff in your OP.

I’m pretty sure the new, hockey stick specific stuff is very similar to the old electrical tape. Maybe comes in more colors and patterns. Maybe it’s a bit elastic too?


Bill, this hockey tape is a little different material, it feels more like a fabric than a rubbery electrical tape.

Regardless, it seems to work!

- jusfine


-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#8 posted 01-12-2016 10:36 PM

I bought some sticky tape at a golf store and wrapped my clamp handles. It sticks to itself, so it stays put. It increased my clamping ability a bunch.


-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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