Clamp Retrofit with Paul Sellers

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    Clamp Retrofit with Paul Sellers, well after watching this, I just had to try it. Plenty hand planing on this one.

    Was it worth it yes sir, a great improvement a few more to do now. 😉



    Matt McGrane

    Good for you, Redwood – you’ll be happy you spent the time. The only part I have a problem with is the double sided taping of the pads to the clamp faces. When I use this method and apply a fair amount of clamp pressure, the pads slip and move and eventually they become useless. I don’t have a better solution though, as my pads still sometimes fall off or move.

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    Thanks Matt, I tried them out today, so far all is good.

    Ken Johnston

    I used a permanent general purpose high strength Spray Adhesive for my pads, left them clamped tight overnight and haven’t had a problem yet. I am able to get a tremendous amount of clamping force out of these after the retrofit and my pads haven’t moved even a little bit. Just word of caution make sure it doesnt run onto the face of the pads or when it is curing you basically glue the jaws closed. I ruined one clamp this way. Nothing i did could get the clamp to reopen short of sawing the pads off

    Steve Giles

    It seems to me that epoxy glue might be worth trying. Roughen up the metal surface prior to gluing for a good bond.


    Perhaps modern adhesives have come a long way since I last used them, but I wouldn’t want to trust double-sided tape or spray-on adhesive.
    I’d drill a couple of diagonally opposing holes in each clamp faceplate and use a couple of bolts with recessed heads – similar to fitting wooden guards to vise jaws.


    I modified my ( 7 ) Harbor Freight cheapies the same way as Pauls, so far so good but like Matt a couple of them the pads slipped. I might have had old tape will try with new.

    Did I mention I reach more for HF clamps than I do my Bessies which are tops and expensive. And they are a whole lot lighter which makes a big difference on smaller projects.


    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

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