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Forum topic by BryanFaz posted 01-11-2018 02:16 AM 367 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2018 02:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hamby drawer clamp clamp tool

A close friend had this clamping table in the woods next to his woodshop…for at least the last 10 years. He got a wild hair a week ago to clean it up and see if it works. I’m goin to let these pics do all the talking. Very neat project.


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#1 posted 01-11-2018 02:21 AM

Very cool & very huge!

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#2 posted 01-11-2018 02:53 AM

That’s awesome, never seen anything like it. If you’ve got the room you store it, that could really come in handy when the need arises.

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#3 posted 01-11-2018 03:30 AM

It really is cool. I’m not sure what it weighs but it took a tractor to haul it from the woods. We estimated it’s around 600+ pounds. The big wheel would barely turn when we started…it took all we had to turn it. Now it will make 3-4 revolutions with a modest turn. And it was nearly square when we reassembled it, with nonadjustments. It’s exactly 4’X4’ inside the Clamp. We are still puzzled by the name “…Drawer Clamp”. I guess they made larger drawers back in the 50s. We don’t know exactly when it was made…but the Hamby Company was opened in 1905 (?) and closed in the mid 50s. Really interesting. If anyone has more or better info please share. Thx!

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#4 posted 01-11-2018 03:53 AM

Forgive me…I misspelled the company name. It’s Handy Manufacturing Company, Chicago, Illinois.

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#5 posted 01-11-2018 04:09 AM

I have a Handy clamp too. Different configuration.

https://youtu.be/cSWptQ3O2QI

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#6 posted 01-11-2018 04:32 AM

That is really cool Loren. Have you used it much?

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#7 posted 01-11-2018 04:35 AM

No.

Not long after acquiring the clamp I found
a large book press which I use for gluing
up laminates. The clamp could be used
but I think the press is easier to work with.

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#8 posted 01-11-2018 01:42 PM

Loren, that too is way cool and looks very, very heavy! You have a non-relieving pressure regulator plumbed to the cylinder and it shouldn’t be leaking regardless of where it’s set. It’s not dangerous since your only using compressed air but it is inefficient. Based on the approximate diameter of that cylinder it should be able to easily apply over 5000 lbs of force to whatever you might need to clamp. I can’t imagine what something like that produced today would cost new.

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#9 posted 01-11-2018 01:46 PM

I bet that book press is good for gluing laminates. My friend is trying to figure out how much he’s going to use it. He’s talking about building cabinets underneath the clamp and possibly a removable tabletop. He’ll come up with something unique and useful. I will post the final product once complete.

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