Screw it, by hand... #1: Introduction

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This is part 1 in a 1 part series: Screw it, by hand...

  1. Introduction

Boys and Girls,
 
If this topic gets your juices flowing, after watching this video,


the title may be on your lips as the included link at Taylor Tools list these items as “SOLD OUT”!  However, don’t despair as there is a link for “Email When Available”… so I assume they are expecting a delivery (on that slow boat from China) sometime in our future.
 
I purchased a pair of each (152.4mm, 203.2mm, 304.8mm), except the 254mm ones which were out of stock,
 
Unfortunately I wanted to make a review a few months ago, however, while waiting for the facility here, it seems that others may have been impressed with the video in the meantime and gobbled up Taylor's stock.
 
I plan to do a blog/video on the build, starting with a SketchUp diagram, if only to help with a scaled drilling template(s)... the plans are not to scale.
While drafting this blog, I went searching for the instructions on Taylor Tools WEB site but looks like it has been deleted... assuming no stock as the message  at the end of the video was "CLOSEOUT"
But do not despair….
to the rescue… I have uploaded all the plans to my Cloud Storage. Also Peter Parfitt has made a video of making your own using your hardware,


however, I do recommend you make the above modifications (in the top mentioned vide).
 
Before you freak out as a waste of time, you can assemble your own hardware using threaded rod, this type of Cross Dowel Barrel Nut 
You can make your own handles and ferules.
  
Choose your hole sizes in accordance with your hardware.
1.     13mm (1/2”) for Guide Rail Clamps (Microjig, Makita, Fe$tool, etc…)
2.     9mm for Rockler Universal Fence Clamps.
 
I am planning on making a few build episodes based on this SketchUp model,


Feel free to try and beat me to it as it would be an ideal novice project to create a useful shopmade tool… or even a veteran one for those that just don’t have enough clamps… which should be everyone
 

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

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some good ideas there

Petey

Many  many years ago a similar kit was available from some company, forgot who.    I made two, they are hanging on the wall, used seldom.     Remember them in my Grandfathers shop.     Played with them as a kid some.  

Ron



And my Klingspor supplier

Regards Rob

I use mine from time to time. When they’re the right tool clamp, they’re the right camp!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

I like the old ones that used the ACME threaded rods, but alas all I have are the cheap clamps that use standard threaded rod. The basic parts are ok, I'll have to consider some of these mods because like Rob's mine are just used to hold up power cords
Pretty good ideas for improvement. I was thinking, a person could also thread those holes and bolt them down to a bench with a bolt from the bottom and the area would be clear of any clamps. I use Kant Twist clamps and cam clamps a lot to go the the squeeze clamps.

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Yup. Ducky I saw that video awhile back. I’m glad to see someone’s making these clamps. There are so many ways I use them and now you’ll be able to make many more uses for them. 

What’s up with that? You only mentioned Fe$tool once?  😀 

James McIntyre

Some great ideas LBD. nice write up and thanks for sharing.

Main Street to the Mountains


 James McIntyre
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What’s up with that? You only mentioned Fe$tool once?  😀 

Didn't think it was necessary as one of the clamps in the picture, I modeled on the....


Fe$tool tracksaw clamps... had the logo facing the wrong way... mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!

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


 Jim Jakosh
 commented about 8 hours ago
Pretty good ideas for improvement. I was thinking, a person could also thread those holes and bolt them down to a bench with a bolt from the bottom and the area would be clear of any clamps.

Most woodworkres have used these clamps... in fact most get them at the beginning of the woddie adventure as they remind people that we are woodworkers... and then we graduate to those quick-action/pipe/diversified-gizmo clamps.
In the meantime, most veterans have devised clever, if not devious, ways to utilise their screw clamps...

I posted this thread to get some ideas swapped for both new and old (veteran) clamping battlers.

The thread idea sounds great.  My initial concern was that clamping could destroy the threads (whether tapped or inserts), however, making my own handles and tapping/threading them on the rods (with a removable pin) the jaws could be swapped out... or better still make some dedicated threaded ones... I keep forgetting they can be built outside the Taylor's kits.

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

Ha ha I like your face on the clamp. You should make it your brand and engrave it on your work. To me it looks better than the duck. Just my two cents. 

James McIntyre


 James McIntyre
 commented about 5 hours ago
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Ha ha I like your face on the clamp. You should make it your brand and engrave it on your work. To me it looks better than the duck. Just my two cents. 

That picture was taken about 10 years ago when I grew my beard and hair to fit in with the frauleins when I moved from the big smoke to downtown Churchill.

SWMBO would not agree with "looks better than the duck"... though she claims I should be more honest,

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

I’m serious Ducky. Don’t matter when the picture was taken, what matters is, that it is of you. 

If you want to get satirical with it put your mouth where the clamps divides. The top of your head on the upper wood and the lower part with your beard on the bottom part of the clamp.

 As you open the clamp your mouth gets larger and larger. Don’t you think it would be appropriate? You know I love you bro and only want the best for my bestie 

James McIntyre

On a serious note (s)... doh ray to me

I have played around with that "picture" with the thought of using it as my signature logo,






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

 
OK James, that happens to be my gig. Alex no longer has a beard and he looks better in orange and black anyway. Unfortunately I still look like my brand, no hair and a black and white (although not as much black anymore) whiskers. Lol

.................. John D....................

Decided not to go the WOW factor,

and settled for your suggestion (on some new jigs),


and the ZIG-ZAG does not refer to the famous Melbourne (Aussie) clowns,

or me....

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

from memory Peters got in to some serious business doo I must go look it up it was a while ago, no doubt Crowie knows the juicy goss

Regards Rob


 RobsCastle
 commented 21 minutes ago
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from memory Peters got in to some serious business doo I must go look it up it was a while ago, no doubt Crowie knows the juicy goss

Now that you mention it... I thing one of them went the way of Jake the Peg!

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

https://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/peters-ice-cream-to-pay-12-million-penalty-for-anti-competitive-exclusive-dealing

Regards Rob

I was referring to one of the ZZ's was accused similar to Rolf Harris. 

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