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Project by mafe posted 01-19-2022 06:36 PM 1379 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Clamps clamps clamps
me trying to get a hold of life…

Hi there.

This is a wee post from the clamps clamps blog series, where I upgrade different types of clamps with soft pads, fix old clamps, make pipe clamps and a lot more.

So if you want to see more, go to the blog:

1. Pads for Festool / Bessey / Makita track type clamps, so they can be used for generel woodworking.
2. Pads for Dewalt type track saw clamps.
3. Pipe clamps.
4. Pads for Japanese clamps.
5. Pads for C- clamps.
6. Easy replacement pads for your standard clamps.

No need to comment again, if you already did in the series, this is just path to the same spot.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, as we can’t have too many clamps…

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 01-19-2022 07:48 PM

Hmmm…up until today, I didn’t realize there was such a thing as a clampmaster. Some pretty cool ideas that I may steal.

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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#2 posted 01-19-2022 07:58 PM

You really got me thinking about the sad shape of my clamps. Thanks!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 01-19-2022 08:34 PM

as they say my friend you can never have too many !

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 01-19-2022 10:33 PM

Always thinking…

Very functional. Your shop overflow Eth. Your shop is getting as tight as your projects.

Cool man…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 01-19-2022 11:19 PM

Cool facelifts Mads, with minimal surgery costs… like the use of the cork cushions… so cork has other uses than vino bottles.

FAIW, I hate those Fe$tool dovetail ratchet clamps… there I go again shitcanning my beloved Fe$tool... hey, even a duck can ”depreciate” a Fe$tool product that does not meet the expectations of it’s cost… and they’re bloody expesive.
Nevertheless they are great track holders but bugger all useless outside the tracks (and occasional dog holes) as you can’t bring them too close to a side surface due to the need for that ratshit movement. However, unlike the Kreg pockethole clamps, they do what they are meant to do, allbethem a one trick donkey.
But we’re not here to Fe$tool bash…

me trying to get a hold of life
- mafe

Everytime I get depressed and try to get a hold of myself, the missus delivers a well aimed moon-slap to the back of my head.

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

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#6 posted 01-20-2022 01:04 AM

Some great ideas Mads, you must be dreaming about clamps by now.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#7 posted 01-20-2022 01:04 AM

First post, The Clamp Master, I like that and there you are. You can’t have to many clamps but there’s only one
Mads. Great adventure.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 01-20-2022 01:35 AM

Nice variations on clamp pads.

-- Galootish log blog,

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 01-20-2022 02:57 AM

Nice work on the clamps, Mads. Your buddy, Duckie cracks me up with his comments like the “ratshit ” clamp from Festool.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#10 posted 01-20-2022 03:13 AM

I’m clamping on to your idea Mads!
Yup poor joke! But great idea!
Nice work my friend!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 01-20-2022 06:04 AM

Good and clever ideas to improve those clamps

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 01-20-2022 06:29 AM

And here I thought putting a leather pad on the clamp face was pretty smart:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#13 posted 01-20-2022 10:42 AM

Hi guys,

502flier, Big warm laugh here, Clampmaster Mafe in the house. Steal away, that’s why they are here.

Lew, Laughing again, hope you get over it. Or the clamps get some love. Thanks dear Lew.

Pottz, yups dear Pottz, we can never have too many…........................................... good guys like you. Smiles.

mtnwild, You got me, I have a boiling brain, so I need to use it. Laughs, perhaps one day the shop explodes. Thanks.

LittleBlackDuck, Yes cork has other uses. smiles. I agree that the Festool clamps are way too expensive, to what you get. Also why I only bought what I need for my MFT table and track saws. If I found that goldmine under my shop, I would go for the BESSEY KliKlamp’s KLI-D they are super cool. I ned to look for a woman now that I know what they are used for, smiles.

Eric, Big loud laugh, yes the clamps are haunting me in my dreams. I dream of palm tress, sun and a cold drink, as it is snowing outside… Thanks.

DoubleDD, You can’t have to many clamps but there’s only one Big laugh thank you, may the clamp be with you Dave. Thanks.

Swirt, Thanks with a smile.

Jim J, Duckie always cracks us up, big smile. Cheers and thanks Jim.

woodshaver Tony C, laughs Tony, then I know where you are. My daughter calls them grand dad jokes, I do that too. Thanks dear Tony.

Ivan, Thanks buddy, less is plenty.

Andre, Smiles, I have done that too on some of my wooden clamps, that is smart! Smiles.

Best thoughts to you all,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#14 posted 01-20-2022 12:40 PM

... I agree that the Festool clamps are way too expensive, to what you get. Also why I only bought what I need for my MFT table and track saws…. I would go for the BESSEY KliKlamp…
- mafe

I don’t mind parting with my shekels if it’s for a good capitalist’/companys’ cause, however, I do like to get usability for money.

The simple Fe$tool (on the left)

is the ¢heapo one and does the trick and can be brought up flush with the vertical, but not as cool as the expen$ive Fe$tool on the far right, which is the subject of this here discussion… the problem is that you can’t bring that latter one too close to a vertical surface because of it’s ratshit action handle… in fact the Bessey KliK, in below right, doesn’t fare any better and is mucho more ratshitter,

In fact I reckon their advertisement picture give you a false sense of movement action, unless there is/are new, redesigned model(s).
Now if you look closely at the Torquata clamp (in the above, above middle… or the left in the above)... ok here’s a moreish closely look without all the ”aboves”,

it can be moved right up against the vertical with the ratchet fully open. The thing I don’t like about them is that when fully closed (notice maybe about 40-45mm of ratchet movement),

renders so much force that the plastic padding leave a checkered imprint on pine… maybe I’ll just have to give up drinking casks and go for bottles to source some cork.

Another good ”in your face clamp” is the geared Bessey, closest to you (depending on which side of the photo you’re sitting on)

Unfortunatelly the gears are plastic/nylon which makes me question the full exertable force.

FAIW. Some of you jocks and ‘ettes may have noticed the humble Zyliss hanging around in the photo shoot,

It’s one of those woodshow demos that annoys the shit out of everyone to the extent that most just refuse to watch, let alone buy one. I bought my first one about 14+(+) years ago, when they were still manufactured to the original Zyliss specs and still bore the name, and were a better manufacturing quality offering. It comes with, as it did back then, a bucketload of accessories that are still in their original box. I only use it as is, in the upright or upside down position and swear by it (never at it)... I have occasionally used it’s pipe holding jaws to hold my ROS upside down for “tabletop sanding”.

Hell, I should post a one liner review on clamps and link it to this thread….

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

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#15 posted 01-20-2022 02:49 PM

Cool walk through Ducky, happy for all the info, thanks.
We can’t get the Torquata brand here… yet.
I never saw the in your face Bessey model before, quite cool.
I love the old alu clamp thingy, I had one, but gave it away to great regret, as I find them lovely, kid of like old American cars.
You should make this into a blog.
Best thoughts thanks.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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