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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-15-2016, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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Great idea, Mike. I've thought of doing something similar. Those wii come in real handy.
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Great idea, Mike. I've thought of doing something similar. Those wii come in real handy.
Yes sir. Especially since I am fixin' to rebuild my work table. It will be a Ron Paulk hybrid...Mikey Style!

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Building to suit oneself is the best way. I'm sure it will be great. Don't forget pictures.
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Agree with Richard Should be a great WIP.
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Your not a happy camper, you're a happy CLAMPER! Nice work. A great addition to the workbench. An ingenious way to use the cheaper HF clamps.
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Those look very handy, Mike.
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I'm going to try this! I don't have much experience with welding, any advise about welding on the bar? Anything special about the clamp metal (ie tempering?)
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I'm going to try this! I don't have much experience with welding, any advise about welding on the bar? Anything special about the clamp metal (ie tempering?)
I can't help with the welding. I cut the 5/16 inch rod and Willie welded it to the clamp bar. Nothing special that I know of.

If you screw it up, grind it off and do it again!

I can already see I want some more of these in the 6 inch length. I have about a dozen of them so it won't hurt too bad to modify four more.

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If both parts are mild steel, just pre-heat to take the chill of and drive off any moisture. Use a mild steel rod, cool in still air after welding.
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