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Old 08-29-2020, 07:15 PM
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Default C clamp from scrap

I got frustrated with my cheap c clamps. The body tries to torque when the handle is tightened and the foot or clamp bolt end tries to walk off the work or stuff I'm clamping to.

With a quick trip through assorted resource stashes, I made my own. The pivoting foot is ball bearing mounted for low friction. The nut is welded to the end of the screw so I can use a drill or impact to tighten. A very quick and nasty project, but did the job I needed without a trip to town and without blowing the budget on clamps.
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Old 08-29-2020, 07:28 PM
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Old 08-29-2020, 08:03 PM
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Some of the best clamps I have, outside of a Besseys sliding arm, are some old clamps I got at auction called Lobster brand. Very heavy and don'\t flex and twist.
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. The body tries to torque when the handle is tightened
Could be a lube issue.

I've seen guys use neversieze on them before but that just gets messy.

I usually hit em with WD40 real qwik if I need to.....
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Could be a lube issue.

I've seen guys use neversieze on them before but that just gets messy.

I usually hit em with WD40 real qwik if I need to.....
ooooh….drill & tap for a grease fitting.....
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Could be a lube issue.

I've seen guys use neversieze on them before but that just gets messy.

I usually hit em with WD40 real qwik if I need to.....
In a previous life, we used never seize type thread compounds by the 5 gallon bucket. You can only imagine where that shit gets! Random Hint.... ether starting fluid works on cloth as a spot remover to remove it. Treat the spots, air dry outdoors for 8 hours minimum, then wash and dry as per normal..... As effective as dry cleaning.
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Old 08-30-2020, 10:19 AM
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Could be a lube issue.

I've seen guys use neversieze on them before but that just gets messy.

I usually hit em with WD40 real qwik if I need to.....
In general, any oil or grease collects grinding particles and dirt. But a fake lubricant that will disappear is good. WD40 or anti spatter spray will provide lubrication and keep berries from attaching to the threads.
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I dig shop made tools, even if they aren’t pretty. I like to study them and get in the mind of the ones who made them. I have a collection of them, had mostly from the scrap yard. I would toss that clamp in my bucket if I found it.
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I dig shop made tools, even if they aren’t pretty. I like to study them and get in the mind of the ones who made them. I have a collection of them, had mostly from the scrap yard. I would toss that clamp in my bucket if I found it.
Thanks for that!

I have a few other creations that would keep you entertained for a while. Some work exactly as envisioned, others, not so much.....
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A 5 gallon bucket of never seize??? Wow!!! Pretty sure someone could coat the whole planet with one!!!
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