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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 01-17-2015 10:21 PM 1499 views 7 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MT_Stringer

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01-17-2015 10:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig tip clamp hand screw clamp

I saw this tip in a magazine and thought HMMM. This looks like it could be a big help to me in more ways than one.

My last trip to Harbor Freight, I picked up a pair of the 12 inch handscrew clamps. I even had a 20% off coupon to apply to one of them. :-)

Upon closer inspection, I realized my Kreg Klamp Track is too far in on the table to allow the clamp to work as shown in the tip. Durnit. But I forged ahead anyway.

After a quick 30 minuted research and development phase, I decided where to drill the holes in the clamps. I used a 5/16 bit to drill the holes, but I have 1/4 inch toilet bowl flange bolts. That will give me a little room to move them around.

As you can see in the pics, I can set them up in one of several ways, including 90 deg to the table so it could hold a post or leg if needed. And the bolts work in any of my tracks so they can be used out on the table to hold stuff in position while I beat on it!

Note: I have never had the need for this style of clamp before, but now that I have seen it in action, other ideas are popping up faster than I can remember the previous one!

Hope you find this useful.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas


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johnhutchinson

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#1 posted 01-17-2015 10:35 PM

Brilliant idea, and great execution on your part !!!

I love my screw clamps. I use them in multiple ways, but never for glue-ups.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#2 posted 01-18-2015 01:18 AM

Great mod….

I need to file this one away….
Hope it doesn’t get lost, in my feeble brain!!!

Thanks for taking the time to document & share this.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 01-18-2015 01:52 AM

Mike: Looking at your setup again, I’m wondering if you’d want to drill some radial dowel holes in the clamp handles. In situations where you couldn’t get you fingers between the handles and the table, you could inset a dowel and give it a final tightening crank.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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MT_Stringer

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#4 posted 01-18-2015 02:06 AM


Mike: Looking at your setup again, I m wondering if you d want to drill some radial dowel holes in the clamp handles. In situations where you couldn t get you fingers between the handles and the table, you could inset a dowel and give it a final tightening crank.

- johnhutchinson

I will look at them and see. I wonder if a stud finder (or metal detector) would detect how far the metal portion of the handle extends into the handle itself. Regardless, that is a good idea. Have drill press, can drill. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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MT_Stringer

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#5 posted 01-18-2015 02:33 AM



Great mod….

I need to file this one away….
Hope it doesn t get lost, in my feeble brain!!!

Thanks for taking the time to document & share this.

- DIYaholic

Add it to your favorites. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 01-18-2015 02:33 AM

Use a 1/16” bit and drill till it breaks. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#7 posted 01-18-2015 02:41 PM

A nice addition to your bench.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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MT_Stringer

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#8 posted 01-18-2015 07:02 PM

Whoopie! I got to put one of the clamps to good use today.
Not clamped, just a cradle to support the gun while I filled it.

Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#9 posted 01-18-2015 07:22 PM

Me likee. Now favorite!

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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#10 posted 01-18-2015 08:33 PM

Yeah, hand screws are great when you need them. They
open up all sorts of creative clamping ideas with the
big modifiable wood jaws.

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#11 posted 01-19-2015 03:19 PM

Hand screw clamps, so versatile. I have a pair and barely scratched the surface. Thanks for sharing Mike.

-- paxorion

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#12 posted 01-19-2015 03:28 PM

What a great idea for special occasions. This will go in my fav’s for future use.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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