Gate Hinge Clamp for Small Items

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Project by ChuckM posted 09-22-2011 10:18 PM 3554 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This tip has been around for some time. I use this gate-hinge turned clamp to secure small parts for carving, filing or drilling. The hinge clamp is fastened to a hardwood stock which can be clamped to the vise at a comfortable height depending on whether I sit on a bench stool or stand up.

The scrap leather is attached to the hinge leaves with spray adhesive/contact cement.

P.S. The forward part of the moveable arm can be slightly bent to apply even greater clamping pressure if the object to be clamped is not relatively small.

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#1 posted 09-22-2011 10:38 PM

Great idea thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 09-23-2011 04:46 AM

great tip

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#3 posted 09-23-2011 04:23 PM

Great idea, simple but effective I’m sure.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 09-23-2011 04:36 PM

You know what just occurred to me, this method could be adopted to grip small items in a conventional Tormek iron honing jig! Meaning, suppose you want to grind the EDGE of a chisel, to make it into a dovetail chisel for example. Thread the gate arm through the regular Tormek jig:

Then grab the chisel sideways in your gate arm jig and clamp the Tormek jig over the gate arm.

Then grind away at the side.

Genius idea!

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#5 posted 09-23-2011 06:01 PM

Wow great idea for a simple clamp.

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#6 posted 09-23-2011 06:37 PM

Thanks all for the comments. I don’t own a Tormek system but Bertha’s clever suggestion is worth explore for anyone who has one. Please post your story if you try it and it works as Bertha’s tip has it.

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#7 posted 09-23-2011 08:57 PM

why not :-)
thankĀ“s for the tip


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#8 posted 09-04-2012 01:38 PM

You can improve this clamp by putting a crimp in one or both sides such that the sides will close parallel to each other. This increases the contact area and increases both clamping force and distribution with the tradeoff of loosing the ability to clamp objects larger than the parallel section.

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