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Looking for small bar clamps

7/27/16       
Ken Member

I'm posting it here because custom setups often require a ton of clamps. What I'm looking for is a small 12" bar clamp. I have a set up where I use a couple of doz. clamps to hold some trim pieces to a box. I've been using Bessey LM2s, their small clamps. The problems, the pads start turning while tightening them as well as half the time I can't get the sliding head to stop sliding. The Jorgensen 3700 clamps are better but I don't need the depth. So any suggestions?

7/27/16       #2: Looking for small bar clamps ...
Mark B Member

How much clamp depth do you need? Why not just buy a bunch of short nipples and use 1/2" pipe clamps?

The swivel heads spinning while you tighten them has been getting worse and worse. I bought a bunch of Jorgy HD's and they were horrible. I called jorgy and complained and they shipped me a bunch of "heavy duty" swivels that were black oxide instead of chrome. The additional clamping force was mind blowing.

That said, I think jorgy is all done but cant say for sure. Id shift gears to a pipe clamp (price) if it were me.

7/27/16       #3: Looking for small bar clamps ...
Ken Member

Thanks Mark,
The pipe clamps are way overkill. Barely need an inch of depth. Rockler has a 12" clamp with 3/4" depth which would be fine but I suspect I'd have the same pad issue. Very little clamping pressure is needed. just don't want to pin it.

7/28/16       #4: Looking for small bar clamps ...
Dave Nauman  Member

Website: http://www.dcnchair.com

Cam clamps are easy to make and you can make them to your own specs with scrap maple and aluminum or steel bar stock.

7/28/16       #5: Looking for small bar clamps ...
Ken Member

Thanks Dave. I think that's a good idea. I found this site https://www.canadianwoodworking.com/plans-projects/make-set-cam-clamps looks like it might be the way to go.

7/31/16       #6: Looking for small bar clamps ...
doug mclaren  Member

3/4 inch masking tape, or a small frame big enough to allow for wedges.

8/1/16       #7: Looking for small bar clamps ...
Charles Member

3/4" blue tape. Attach it to the first piece, then pull it tight before attaching to the second piece. Or, pull it tightly as you wrap it around the entire box. It has some spring and will hold small (and even larger) pieces quite well.

Of course, this depends on your particular project, but I would give it a try on a test piece.

10/12/16       #8: Looking for small bar clamps ...
Jimbo

Website: http://springwoodstudios.com

How I about all-thread rod with wood blocks secured by jam nuts? A lot of luthiers use them for clamping back & soundboards to guitar sides

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