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Forum topic by DKV posted 08-30-2013 05:12 PM 1325 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-30-2013 05:12 PM

Just read a project post that used these as a bench vise. You guys have any other jigs/uses for these? Got them for free 10 years ago and have never used them.

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#1 posted 08-30-2013 05:18 PM

I also have a bunch of them that I never use

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#2 posted 08-30-2013 05:19 PM

Saw one of those at a habitat for humanity store and thought maybe I would get it and incorporate it into a bench vise, but left and forgot to buy it.

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#3 posted 08-30-2013 05:22 PM

There’s lots of uses for them, if you do the types of things they are good for. They can be used to hold small pieces while you cut them on the band saw or use the drill press. They make a great hold down for that Kreg Mini jig (I did a video on that once). They have a wide throat capacity which helps in lots of clamping situations, especially laminating. You can drill a hole in the side and glue in a couple of 3/4” dowel pieces that align with the dog holes in your bench and they become a great way to hold workpieces on end or a board on it’s edge.

Those are just a few off the top of my head, but there’s lots more.

You can get them cheap from Harbor Freight too.

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#4 posted 08-30-2013 06:04 PM

They work well to hold smaller pieces of wood on your router table…saves the fingers

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#5 posted 08-30-2013 06:10 PM

Great for gluing broken plane handles back together and other things that are oddly shaped.

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#6 posted 08-30-2013 06:43 PM

What Stumpy, Mike, and Wayne said.

I use mine for all of those purposes.

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#7 posted 08-30-2013 06:50 PM

I bought 10 of them, then on sale. I consider these to be a disposable item, therefore cutting them, drilling in them, or just plain old abusing them is just normal. I love them, and will buy more when on sale.

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#8 posted 08-30-2013 07:58 PM

I saw the forum title, then I saw your picture and I crossed my fingers that you were asking what to do with you thumbs… disappointed :(

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#9 posted 08-30-2013 08:05 PM

”Got them for free 10 years ago and have never used them.”

Well since they’re obviously useless to you… SEND ‘EM TO ME! I’ll put ‘em to good use!

(I’ll PM you my address if you’re willin :-)

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#10 posted 08-30-2013 09:14 PM

Jeff, you made me laugh, not loud but a good chuckle :-) My wife took the picture a couple years ago while on vacation. I will tell her you like it.

Joe, if it hadn’t been my father in law who gave them to me I would send them. He has been known to conduct surprise inspections…

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#11 posted 08-30-2013 10:01 PM

Heavy duty nipple clamps, if you like that sort of thing.

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#12 posted 08-30-2013 10:37 PM

Clamp them on a 6’ tall 4×4 post w/ base inside your house at the front door – as a coat/hat rack. Winter is coming.

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#13 posted 08-30-2013 11:00 PM

I have about 20 of them. I use them all the time. They are good clamps but you have to learn to adjust them to use them. Sorry but I will get in line behind Joe. BTW, I am a father-in-law. Does that count? I hate to see them destroyed in an experiment. They really are useful. can’t have too many clamps.

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#14 posted 08-30-2013 11:09 PM

Use your clamps to make one of these.

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#15 posted 08-31-2013 05:21 AM

I use a pair of them as an improvised vise since I don’t own one. Aside from that they come in handy now and again. I like to use them when I need to make really sure a clamped work piece will stay put.

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