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Forum topic by Plasmon360 posted 02-28-2018 05:02 PM 625 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Plasmon360

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02-28-2018 05:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: clamps

I bought about 60 Jorgensen bar clamps of varied sizes from a person who did not use them for years. They were just sitting on his clamp rack. Someone wise said “you can never have enough clamps”, but in my case I think I have enough clamps now.

They do not slide that well and also the spring is stiff, but I took a chance because they were 3 dollars a piece.

Is there a way to make them slide well? I am assuming clean the dust off and use some paste wax? I would appreciate if there are any better options.


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AZWoody

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#1 posted 02-28-2018 05:13 PM

If they look like they have some corrosion, I would wipe them with some rust remover first, then clean it off good and wax it. Also, make sure there is no dried glue along the bar anywhere, even smudges can make sliding difficult.

I have some clamps I have to do that with for regular maintenance.

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#2 posted 02-28-2018 05:24 PM

$3 a piece for Jorgys That’s a Definite You Suck! Wow, good on you for taking all of them!

And a hearty “2nd” to checking each of the bars closely for glue residue, and even sticker residue from old labels if they’ve not been used much. I’d suggest a green scrub pad used to rub down each of them, paying close attention to the flat sides as that’s where you’re getting resistance. After that, maybe apply a drop of light machine oil alongside the gripper plates inside the sliding mechanism (can’t find what they’re callled, sorry).

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 02-28-2018 05:42 PM

I agree with SMITTY… YOU SUCK!

I do not think you can take these apart. Some times the left on sticky label will get pulled up in the works to. if not completely taken off

You stick suck though

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#4 posted 02-28-2018 05:46 PM

Agree about removing any corrosion and old glue. After that, applying Bates glue release will lubricate them as well as providing a film that will keep glue from sticking in the future.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#5 posted 02-28-2018 07:57 PM

You got a great deal, I just paid $12 for 2 6” at my ACE Hardware store. They were the last 2 on the shelf. Follow the advice of the others. They look like the medium duty ones, but work great on smaller glue ups. Dan

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Plasmon360

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#6 posted 02-28-2018 08:05 PM

I am new to “You suck” title, I am coming to understand it means I found a good deal.

Thank you everyone. I will follow your suggestions. The seller (who inherited through home purchase) and I had no idea how much they are worth. I am new to woodworking and used harbor freight clamps that are around 3-10 dollars. So I went with 3 dollars and seller said ok.

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#7 posted 02-28-2018 08:17 PM

I recently paid $10 each for five 18” Jorgys at a flea market and felt good about it. Yes, it’s a badge of honor to make such a great deal. You’ll not have to put up with HF clamps ever again!~

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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