Why buy expensive clamps when you have a buddy with a welding machine!
After seeing videos on how to modify the cheap clamps instead of buying the Fe$tool style clamps, I came up with a brand new plan.
I wanted to modify the clamps to fit 3/4 inch dog holes on my bench so I called up a buddy and asked if he could help me. He said yes!
That was back when it was hot (mid 90's) so we waited...
Today he called and said come on over, so off I went.
I explained what I wanted and we got after it. He has a metal cut off saw so I cut the 5/16 inch rod to length and he did the welding.
Then it was time to do the fitting. I already knew they wouldn't fit so I explained my idea was to grind a radius on the back side of the bar so it would roll under the table.
Instead, Willie used the cut off saw to cut away most of the excess metal that was in the way, and then it was time to fire up the grinder and finish the job.
Yay! All four will fit nicely through a 3/4 inch hole and clamp the work piece with no problem.
Note: A couple of the clamps belonged to my dad so they are the real deal - Craftsman, circa 1960's - 70's. I will get a lot of use out of them.
And the HF clamps, yeah, under $5 for the 12 inch models. I told Willie I might be back with another handful.
I am a happy camper.