Face clamps out of Quick Grip clamps?

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Forum topic by ant17r posted 01-24-2014 05:26 PM 1134 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-24-2014 05:26 PM

Hi everyone,

Any ideas out there on how to make my own face camps (like the Kreg face clamp) out of Irwin Quick Grip clamps?
I’m not looking for anything permanent. Just something to get me by until a can get the Kreg Face clamp (one new tool at a time, or so the wife says!). I was thinking of just placing a small steel plate on each side between the clamp face and the wood but for multiple joints this would take forever! Maybe double-sided mounting tape? Would that compromise the clamping power at all?


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#1 posted 01-24-2014 05:50 PM

If you have access to a mig welder it would be easy to modify vise grip type clamps(but permanent) otherwise just a piece of wood between the clamping tips and your stock is a the only temporary solution I can think of.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 01-24-2014 06:50 PM

Vise Grip clamps with the swivel pads would work fine. If you need a larger clamp surface you can epoxy a couple of fender washers onto the pads. Would still be removable by heating the pads with a torch till the epoxy gets soft. I tried this with cheap “no-name” clamps from Harbor Freight. Not so good; the screw action is too loosie goosie.

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#3 posted 01-27-2014 11:52 PM

Wait a minute, are you talking about “Quick Grip” clamps like with the pistol grip and squeeze action to clamp. They already have a fairly flat and parallel clamping faces. Can’t see a need to modify those.

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#4 posted 01-27-2014 11:57 PM

+1 on Crank49’s comment. A Quick Grip won’t clamp as tight, but there’s no reason to modify it.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#5 posted 01-28-2014 01:13 AM

The soft pads on the quick grip might not assure the planar alignment of the Kregg clamps, though. Maybe a piece of wood to bridge the joint?

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

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#6 posted 01-28-2014 02:41 AM

HF has several options of clamps similar to the Kreg, but for a lot less. Clamping pad is a little smlaller, but hey beggars cant be choosers.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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