Old Clamps

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Blog series by Dave Rutan updated 10-09-2014 04:15 PM 6 parts 29908 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: Antique or Old Clamps

05-06-2013 07:17 PM by Dave Rutan | 0 comments »

I’ve been keeping an eye on a popular auction website for old wood clamps. I’m not buying them, but I like to look at them. Sometimes I see one that looks particularly interesting or unique. Often look look very similar in design. I’m going to occasionally post pictures of interesting clamps I see. Some of these might give us ‘homemade clamp’ aficionados some ideas. Universal disclaimer, I’m not meaning to advertise for these items. I’m not lin...

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Part 2: Two more ebay finds while window shopping

05-25-2013 10:17 AM by Dave Rutan | 4 comments »

I always enjoy seeing slightly different designs in old bar clamps. These two were found on eBay. The top one looks like the seller put the moveable stops on the wrong way though. Wait, Stops? Plural? I guess the seller really doesn’t know and put two stops on one clamp. The bottom one reminds me quite a lot of the pair I made a while ago. If I could make wooden threads, maybe I’d go into manufacturing these, aging them and putting them up. Shipping would be murder, plus most...

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Part 3: Home Style bar clamps

05-26-2013 08:35 PM by Dave Rutan | 0 comments »

These two bar clamps look home built. The top one has a slide mechanism built in for the push jaw. I’ve never seen that before. The turning crank also looks home produced, especially as it consists of a threaded rod and a large nail. The bottom one definitely looks light duty. The screw jaw looks a bit flimsy and the turning knob might not bring enough torque to bear for strong pressure. Still, an interesting specimen.

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Part 4: Old Wooden C-Clamps

06-01-2013 10:29 AM by Dave Rutan | 3 comments »

These are a few examples of old clamps I found on a popular auction site. Until I got into woodworking I didn’t know that C-Clamps could be made out of wood. These two antique examples look very much like those made by at least two YouTubers I’m familiar with. Something worth trying. Notice the brace inside the throat.

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Part 5: Wetzler 30

10-08-2014 04:16 PM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

There is a place near me which several times a year holds a ‘sale’ of sorts. I’m pretty sure it’s a variety of vendors that participate. The items there are usually furniture, some electronics and HAND TOOLS. This is also the place we acquired our secretary desk. I got the clamp pictured above about a year or so ago from this gentleman who had his wares displayed in 5 gallon buckets. It looked so cool with its patina of use and age that I picked it out and ex...

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Part 6: Jorgensen and a C-Clamp

10-09-2014 04:15 PM by Dave Rutan | 0 comments »

I bought these two clamps earlier this year. The Jorgensen is a #3712 12 inch bar clamp (light duty). It has some rusty patina but still works well. The C-Clamp is a 3 inch S.H.C. Some flaking light green paint and surface rust show its age. Slowly but surely i’m adding to my mongrel collection of clamps. These cost me a total of $4.00

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