Garage sale find- H.A.S. clamp

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Forum topic by willie posted 06-30-2014 08:07 PM 1464 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2014 08:07 PM

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Went to a garage/estate sale last week for an old cabinetmaker. It was listed as having all his old shop and tools for sale. I got there at the advertised opening time and the place was about picked clean. There were no planes or chisels and what was left was pretty much junk. There weren’t enough people there to have gotten them so I think they either sold them off early or there never were any good tools.

I did find this old clamp, for a whopping $3.00. The only markings on it are “The H.A.S. , Pat’d June 13 ‘16”. There is also a “3B” and “3C” cast on it. It opens up to slide over your boards and will clamp a full 36”. I cleaned it up and made some pads for the jaws, not sure about the gold paint! I have been unable to find anything about this online. If anyone knows anything about this clamp or the company that made it, I would appreciate any info you can provide. Thanks, Willie

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#1 posted 06-30-2014 08:33 PM

I know the clamp type as my grandfather had quite a few pony ones, it’s a single screw double pipe clamp as for what it is for I have no idea. I also can’t find a single thing on that manufacturer.

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#2 posted 06-30-2014 08:39 PM

The “pipes” are actually solid steel rods, threaded into the head. There is a pin in the opposite end of the longer one to keep the sliding jaw from coming off.

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#3 posted 07-01-2014 04:08 AM

Is this clamp that rare or is it not worth talking about?

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#4 posted 07-01-2014 10:50 PM

Can’t help with your quest for information, sorry….

Having never seen anything like this…. I’m glad you posted it.
Rare/worthy??? Definitely worth talking about….I just have no info to share.

Perhaps someone will chime in and enlighten us all….

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#5 posted 07-01-2014 10:54 PM

I know nothing about it but think it’s worth talking about. I wouldn’t have hesitated to pay $15 or $20 for it.

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#6 posted 07-01-2014 11:39 PM

It’s for gluing up butcher block or large panels. You need two of them. One rod goes over, one under, to equalize the pressure and prevent warping. I’m sure these are still available.


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#7 posted 07-03-2014 02:49 AM

Thanks for the replies! I still haven’t found anything about H.A.S. but someone, somewhere will eventually enlighten me. Learning the history of these old tools is half the fun. Just when I think I’ve seen it all or think I know everything, I’ll run across something that reminds me how much I have to learn.

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