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Does anyone use Vise Grip Locking C Clamp type clamps for holding parts to a router table. I am using Solo Speed cramps at the moment to hold my fence to the table, but am thinking about changing to Vice grips with the swivel pads. I have gone away from using slots and bolts to hold down the fence, and am not keen on T-track, I like a clean table surface.
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Does anyone use Vise Grip Locking C Clamp type clamps for holding parts to a router table. I am using Solo Speed cramps at the moment to hold my fence to the table, but am thinking about changing to Vice grips with the swivel pads. I have gone away from using slots and bolts to hold down the fence, and am not keen on T-track, I like a clean table surface.
I have some and use them often, sometimes just to align two things up, sometimes to hold a jig in place. I need to get more but not now, there are other priorities.

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I used them in the past and I guess they worked OK. I went to bolts in slot to hold my fence. I find the knobs/bolts are easier to lock and adjust, and don't stick out past the edges.
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Does anyone use Vise Grip Locking C Clamp type clamps for holding parts to a router table. I am using Solo Speed cramps at the moment to hold my fence to the table, but am thinking about changing to Vice grips with the swivel pads. I have gone away from using slots and bolts to hold down the fence, and am not keen on T-track, I like a clean table surface.
I dunno Mike, even with the pads those things put down a LOT of pressure and may put depressions in your work piece or deform the table in places that they are used a lot. Might be OK if you can put plastic booties on the pads. I use felt on my c-clamps but I think they would slip under the usage you have in mind.

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Plastic booties.... felt c-clamps.. I thought this was a *family* forum!

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I have decided to use my 1970s Jet Clamps with rubber/steel auxiliary round feet. I can vary the pressure with this, the Vise Grips may have damaged the table and they do stick out a bit.
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C clamps are the best way to go. Quick Grip style clamps do not provide enough clamping pressure and F body clamps always get in the way. I am converting a pair of Jet C clamps to knobs this weekend and will post a how to.

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