Clamp Retrofit with Paul Sellers

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    redwood
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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. 😉

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    #138565
    Matt McGrane
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    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.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #138570
    redwood
    Participant

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

    #138574
    Ken Johnston
    Participant

    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

    #138639
    Steve Giles
    Participant

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

    #138642
    Alan
    Participant

    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.

    #138989
    STEVE MASSIE
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    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

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

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