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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-29-2008, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down Bora Clamp edge

As many know, I haven't been on much. When I am, try to help the best I can. I am slowly making a "return" to the forums. I wanted to share my review of the Bora Clamp Edge:

In theory, this is a great tool. However, it's poorly designed. Very difficult to make any adjustments. Very easy to "ding" the sides, taking it out of trueness. It does let you clamp at a 22 1/2* left or right. I've had this tool for awhile now. (Atleast a few months). Today was the first time I've really attempted to use it. I must say that, given my temper... I'm afraid it's liable to be flying out my shop door with a "no return" pasted to it. I won't recommend it, for, I'm sure there is something better out there.

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Thanks for the review Ken. This is good info for those considering it. Although bad for the one who bought it, it's a way of helping others.

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I know that this in not comparable to a straight edge made for woodworking, but I have been using an aluminum straight edge for years, that I got from a local commercial window and door company.

It was a bottom track for a large commercial store front window that was removed, and nothing was wrong with the track. It was 22 feet long, and I cut it down to 3 differents lengths.

It takes another minute or two to set and clamp it than it would a straight edeg system designed for woodworking, but the price was right . . . $15!

In all fairness, the guy gave me a big time break because we had got into a discussion about why I wanted it, and I told him. he turned out to be a woodworker and couldn't believe he had never thought to use one of his aluminum tracks as a straight edge for his hobby lol!

Anyway I have no compalints about my straight edeg system. Has worked great for years. And the price was unbeatable.
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I had just watched the Bora video on Wood mag website and thought it looked interesting(able to do angles etc.) Your review is helpful. Thanks
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Thanks Monty. I'd never heard of the device, and now, I will skip over any reference to it. Saved me some drool time.

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Funny how one guys favorite is anothers nightmare. I purchased the Bora 36" to trim a bunch of doors I was installing and found it to work flawlessly. Simple to adjust, lightweight and will not mar the work. I have nothing but good things to say about it so far.
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That's the "different strokes for differnt folks" adage proving its truth once again.

I have heard both good and bad on the Bora.

I am lucky with all my guides the tool attaches to the guide which I like better.
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I have been looking at this one for a while....haven't made the plunge yet, but it sure looks interesteing!
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I certainly wish I had read your review before I purchased mine.. Returned this piece of junk.
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Originally Posted by CanuckGal View Post
I have been looking at this one for a while....haven't made the plunge yet, but it sure looks interesteing!
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That might be OK as an edge guide, but I'd be very dubious about how much clamping pressure it could exert.

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