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Forum topic by mark4345 posted 03-28-2013 05:30 AM 2994 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2013 05:30 AM

Spent the day working on a better way to hold down my workpieces to the slider. Ive grown tired of constantly fiddling with the standard hold down toggle clamp. I ran across the pneumatic clamps felder sells but at $870 each i cannot justify that for a clamp.

I bought 2 spring return air cylinders, then went to lowes and raided the plumbing isle and heres what i came up with…

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https://s3.amazonaws.com/lumberjocks.com/mkcv4a5.jpg!

All in all really easy to do, aside from the air cylinders they are all parts from the hardware store.


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#1 posted 03-28-2013 06:51 AM

That’ll do. Good idea.

Bessey makes some manual clamps which adjust automatically
for variations in material thickness… range is 3/8” or something.

... of course pneumatics are more fun to fiddle with.

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#2 posted 03-28-2013 10:46 AM

YOU CAN’T DO THAT! Awesome.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#3 posted 03-28-2013 11:36 AM

One valve, instant hold down with really strong results. I have messed with air rams (on a touch larger scale) on the commercial fishing vessel I worked on for a time. Really smart idea you have there.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#4 posted 03-28-2013 04:30 PM

Very cool idea, Mark. Well done! Where do you get the cylinders and roughly how much do they run?

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#5 posted 03-28-2013 04:42 PM

You can buy all sorts of bargain cylinders on ebay. A lot of
it is new old stock and in small lots.

Not cylinder clamping, but check out the vacuum clamping
rig I made for ripping crazy tapers on my slider.
http://lumberjocks.com/Loren/blog/34255

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#6 posted 03-28-2013 05:30 PM

As loren said, there are lots of them available on ebay. The ones i used are 1 1/16” bore with a 3” stroke. On ebay they can be had for $15-30. Grainger also has a large selection though they are more expensive $25+

That is a pretty slick vacuum clamping rig you got there, that is something i have been thinking about i just haven’t had the need nor the project to use it on yet. I am currently working on building a cnc machine, once that is done (who knows when, i have a lot im working on now) i will be taking a closer look at vacuum clamp options.

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#7 posted 04-24-2014 01:46 PM

I just did a search on pneumatic clamps and found your thread.

i was wondering if anybody did shop-made pneumatic vises or bench clamps. i gather that such things are widely used in industry.

How is your clamp / holddown working out for you after a year in service?

-Paul

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