Frugal WoodWorkers Clamp Harbor Freight
I would not consider myself cheap or frugal but I like to save a dollar or two and use that to buy more tools, router bits or ???
Recently I bought several of those "squeeze" clamps from Harbor Freight, and with a coupon there are like $1.99 ea for the 12" clamp. Long story short you can't really put the squeeze on them and not have them break. They're made in China and are plastic, most of it is.
So this is my fix. this will work on all the different lengths that they carry and since this works, I'll be getting more of these clamps.
The drill I used was 1/4" but you can sneak up on it starting with the 3/16" then the 13/64".
The squeeze handle rides on two plastic "nubs" and will not stand any pressure. So I figured out how to take care of this while not getting in the way of my hand - I tend to bleed from boo boo's.
What I'm using are "binding" posts made of steel, I tried one from Lowes that was aluminum and it bent on me and it was $1.09.
I will probably have quite a few of these left, so if you want to do this and need some binding posts there are $0.50 for the post and screw and a little to cover shipping.
Last edited by lemonyx; 04-19-2010 at 01:15 PM.