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Workshop operational tips. #27: Bessey Vario, picks me up

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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 10-28-2020 12:08 PM 813 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Boys and Girls,

While converting my Bessey clamp to the new Vario capabilities, I blundered upon this novel use of them.

The clamps can be used as a variable height adjuster for outfeed support (or other type of variable quick adjustable supports),


This is just a demo as it wouldn’t be practical to use on this circle cutter that has to be moved across the bandsaw tabletop.

Nevertheless it demonstrates how the moving top jaw can be positioned at any height with the push of a button. While clamps can be used in a spreading action, they need resistance to be able to be locked… this configuration doesn’t.

Hey, even I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy these clamps just for this purpose, however, if you have some, this is another use for it.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD



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robscastle

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#1 posted 10-28-2020 08:39 PM

Hey whats this more exciting clamping info…wow

Maybe you had better read this for some clamp therapy

http://www.dawntools.com.au/pdf/Dawn_Catalogue_2017.pdf

Maybe the last of the aussies!!!

You are making me think seriously about doing a clamp blog myself
at least they wouldn’t break a foot off if you dropped them.

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 10-28-2020 08:49 PM



... Maybe you had better read this for some clamp therapy

http://www.dawntools.com.au/pdf/Dawn_Catalogue_2017.pdf

Maybe the last of the aussies!!!

You are making me think seriously about doing a clamp blog myself
at least they wouldn t break a foot off if you dropped them.

- robscastle


Now that made me open my eyes, and the close up of your face near my lashes scared the bjesus out of me…

Forget the foot and break a leg… clam up and p it on a blog.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 10-28-2020 08:57 PM

A job for when I return home maybe …2 or 3 week of November

Got a container of ebikes to unpack with No 1 son

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 10-28-2020 09:40 PM



A job for when I return home maybe …2 or 3 week of November

Got a container of ebikes to unpack with No 1 son

- robscastle


Thought you were already back home… You carried on like an old chook about being stranded.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 10-28-2020 11:34 PM

Remind me never to loan you my clamps. Lol
Would you do it to an Ehoma clamp?

It has a swivel handle for extra tightening pressure.

-- James E McIntyre

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#6 posted 10-29-2020 04:15 AM


Remind me never to loan you my clamps. Lol
Would you do it to an Ehoma clamp?

It has a swivel handle for extra tightening pressure.

- James E McIntyre


You wouldn’t have to loan me your clamps… however, I’d be lying if I said I had enough clamps…

Would I do it to a Ehoma? I won’t criticise something I don’t own or haven’t tried (except for Bos¢h sanders), however, it would depend on which serrations it has…

if it resembles the bottom bar, I wouldn’t waste my money on it.

People brag about how tight they can crank up a clamp’s handle… I’ve found that if you apply white knuckle pressure, the joint would probably be starved off glue… and if you need to crank up the handle so tight to close the joint, you should address your choice of timber quality, selection of joint, timber preparation and choice of glue, first… then tighten the shit out of it till your knuckles bleed.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 10-29-2020 05:38 AM

hey whats with “Old” chook stuff.
I was really missing my Castle and wanted sympathetic ears not some foul belittling remarks
Thank you.

pressure talk about pressure you should see what I can pull off with my Carver clamp’s not even melamine could manage to squeeze out of them.

Just ask Michael Hunchinson or David Caradine

Dawn catalogue page 28 please.

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 10-29-2020 08:12 PM

Maybe the swivel handle is for people with arthritis or for large timber joints. But your right about squeezing the glue out of the joint.


This is what the Ehoma clamps look like with the handle in swiveled position. They work well so far. When they first went on the market I bought 6 ea. 31” clamps for 1/2 the price of the Bessey’s.

Rob,Black Duck does have a potty mouth but that’s just his way of telling you how much he loves you. If it quacks like a Dirty Duck. It’s little Black Duck.

-- James E McIntyre

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#9 posted 10-29-2020 10:45 PM


... I was really missing my Castle and wanted sympathetic ears not some foul belittling remarks
Thank you.
- robscastle

I wasn’t having a go at Qld. letting you back in, but NSW letting you back out.... but, you’re welcome (though not in plague infested Victoria).

That is a neat concept JEM, however after disfiguring my beloved Besseys I wouldn’t hesitate (for days) to drill a hole through the handle for a dowel lever.
Considering the ”starve glue” theory, the side serrations may be an overkill to justify the 2x price, however, it’s got me sucked in.

Nevertheless it’s not Mr. Bessey I want to make richer but rather spruik the benefit of the button adjustment head jaw.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#10 posted 10-30-2020 07:52 PM

Al intended in jest !!

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 10-30-2020 10:35 PM



Al intended in jest !!

- robscastle


So I can cancel the goon squad heading up north?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#12 posted 11-01-2020 07:36 AM

Yes please unless they would like to help with the unpacking

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 11-02-2020 12:49 AM

Now that is blasé , rc... it’s only El Chapo that brags about his contraband, old chap!

I’ll let my goon squad continue and help relieve you off your burden.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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