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Forum topic by Lazyman posted 04-22-2018 02:35 AM 1021 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lazyman

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04-22-2018 02:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tool gloat clamp humor

Yeah you guessed it . A tool gloat.

My wife called me this morning and told me that I should really come to a moving sale that she stumbled upon because they have a ton of tools. (Yeah, she looks out for me). When I got there, I discovered that the guy was selling all of his clamps. He had a pile of 40+ 6” bar clamps plus a handful of large c-clamps and a few longer sizes that I couldn’t pass up. Over half of them are Jorgies. He also had 24 Bessey K-body clamps (old style not the Revos) in 24 & 40 & 48 inch lengths and since he marked them all down to $12.50 each I bought all of them. I also picked up 5 straight edge clamps for $2 each. So I bought over 70 clamps today to add to the 30 I already had (not counting all of the c-clamps I have but rarely use). Now I just have to figure out where to put them so I can use my shop for something other than clamp storage. Oh and I picked up a no 7 and a no. 5 hand plane too.

My wife thinks I am crazy but hey, it’s her fault. At least I didn’t buy the $2100 lathe.

I AM having buyers remorse. I cannot believe I didn’t buy any of his Jorgy pipe clamps.

Anyone have a good design for a clamp rack?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.


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ralbuck

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#1 posted 04-22-2018 03:03 AM

There are no good designs for clamps. Everything you try is going to have drawbacks.

Just put up a piece pf 2 by 4 and clamp as many as possible to it. Then put up enough to fit the rest.

I used to just use a big drawer for all the ones under 2 feet. Did not work any worse than the clamp racks we now have.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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tyvekboy

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#2 posted 04-22-2018 03:09 AM

This is my small collection of clamps on my clamp wall. If course I added a few so it really doesn’t look like that now since I had to re-arrange the order to make room for more. I just bought 3 I-beam clamps and need to make a home for those after I clean the rust off.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Gantarris

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#3 posted 04-22-2018 07:27 AM



Yeah you guessed it . A tool gloat.

My wife called me this morning and told me that I should really come to a moving sale that she stumbled upon because they have a ton of tools. (Yeah, she looks out for me). When I got there, I discovered that the guy was selling all of his clamps. He had a pile of 40+ 6” bar clamps plus a handful of large c-clamps and a few longer sizes that I couldn t pass up. Over half of them are Jorgies. He also had 24 Bessey K-body clamps (old style not the Revos) in 24 & 40 & 48 inch lengths and since he marked them all down to $12.50 each I bought all of them. I also picked up 5 straight edge clamps for $2 each. So I bought over 70 clamps today to add to the 30 I already had (not counting all of the c-clamps I have but rarely use). Now I just have to figure out where to put them so I can use my shop for something other than clamp storage. Oh and I picked up a no 7 and a no. 5 hand plane too.

- Lazyman

This makes me feel sick to my stomach…my wife was out hitting garage sales yesterday morning as well and must have missed this one…

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 04-22-2018 11:30 AM

Definitely deserves a “YOU SUCK”! I built my version of Norm’s clamp rack and really like it.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Lazyman

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#5 posted 04-22-2018 12:59 PM

I have always liked the design of Norm’s rack but I am hesitant to make a rack that requires floor space.

This makes me feel sick to my stomach…my wife was out hitting garage sales yesterday morning as well and must have missed this one…

- Gantarris

They did a terrible job advertising their sale on Craigs list. Not a single mention of tools or any pictures of the shop. Had they put even one picture of his shop in the ad, they would have had to make people wait outside to get in. instead, both times I went (went back a second time at the end of the day) I was practically there by myself. I didn’t actually buy the Bessey clamps until the very end when he priced them so low I couldn’t not buy them. The guy still has 5 or 6 hand planes, and probably a dozen hand saws, most in almost new shape, not to mention several pipe clamps. He also had a very unusual brace that looks like it is designed for drilling holes at an angle.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Kelster58

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#6 posted 04-22-2018 02:05 PM

You get the “lucky dog” award for the month! NICE find…....

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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torus

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#7 posted 04-22-2018 02:27 PM

I also need clamp rack. Right now I use piece of 2×4 to keep clamps in one location.
Clamp wall by tyvekboy looks good. But I don’t have either floor or wall estate to do such thing.
More likely I will go for this type of rack:

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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darthford

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#8 posted 04-22-2018 07:57 PM

The sun’s gravitational pull on your clamp wall is causing the earth’s rotation to slow down.


This is my small collection of clamps on my clamp wall. If course I added a few so it really doesn t look like that now since I had to re-arrange the order to make room for more. I just bought 3 I-beam clamps and need to make a home for those after I clean the rust off.

- tyvekboy


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Aj2

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#9 posted 04-22-2018 08:13 PM

Who ever dies with the most clamps wins. That’s was a running joke before the Internet
One of the most under talked subject in building a wood shop is clamps.$$$ and more

-- Aj

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spindeepster

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#10 posted 04-22-2018 10:01 PM

I need to buy more clamps

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Knockonit

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#11 posted 04-22-2018 10:03 PM

LOL< giggle of the day, he said “have too many clamps. ”” yeah right. I never have enough and think i own more than well, probably shouldn’t say, the boss may read this
Rj

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Walker

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#12 posted 04-22-2018 10:23 PM

My shop space is in the basement, with pretty low ceilings. This is between the floor joists.

-- ~Walker

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Absoluterock

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#13 posted 04-22-2018 10:30 PM

A friend once commented that I have too many…then he came over during a complicated glue up and…then he asked if I had enough.

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jeffswildwood

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#14 posted 04-22-2018 11:06 PM

Nathan, if you think you have too many, I’ll send you my address. :-)) Actually for a clamp rack, just use trial and error to see what works for you. I like the one Torus showed.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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darthford

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#15 posted 04-22-2018 11:27 PM

LOL


A friend once commented that I have too many…then he came over during a complicated glue up and…then he asked if I had enough.

- Absoluterock


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