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Old 06-20-2013, 03:21 PM
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I've been playing around with this and finally found the right part. I have the Kreg clamping system and was wondering how to use my Kreg Bench Clamps with the Guide Rail in place of the EZ Smart Clamps (just for kicks to see if I could do it).

For $1.50 at HD I bought a pair of 5/16" x 1" stainless steel set screws (#030699738885), removed the cap screw from the Kreg clamp and one of the set screws from a connector. Insert the 1" set screw into the Kreg clamp until it is just shows coming through the other side. Next hand thread the connector (upside down) to the Kreg clamp leaving it slightly loose. When you install the clamp on to the Guide Rail put the clamp on backwards. When positioned where you want it turn the clamp 180 degrees to tighten it down to the rail and adjust the clamping pressure as needed.

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Old 06-20-2013, 04:38 PM
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Mac,

Very nice.

When I went to build such a clamp for myself, not having the Kreg Clamping system, I found the clamps to be too expensive for my taste so I bought an el cheapo HF drill press clamp. It has an integrated stud that is M10-1.5 threaded and too long. Couldn't remove the stud without weakening the clamp, so I shortened it and drilled the appropriate sized hole (8.5mm) in a short section of EZ Connector and threaded it with my M10-1.5 tap. The rubber pad on the clamp is from a cheap "F" clamp (orange, maybe HF or HD in origin). I added a couple of 3/8" washers between the clamp and the EZ extrusion.

If I ever get into the Kreg clamping system, I'll definitely switch the clamps between the two systems since the Kreg clamps seem better built and easier to adjust and use.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:10 PM
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Dik and Mac:

Those are both great adaptions! I suggest taking a look at the new Bessey auto-adjusting toggle clamps. You adjust the screw once for tension, and the clamp can then be used without further adjustment on any material thickness within its range. This is the clamp I intend to use, when I get a "round TUIT".
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:43 PM
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Lex,

That looks great, and at a much better price. Might have to get one to try out. Have to come up with a way to mount it so it can swivel. Lee Valley has a mounting plate with a pole for use with bench dog holes. Guess I'll have to make something similar for the EZ bench.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:57 PM
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I have one of these on my Cabinet Maker. Works great and you don't have to keep adjusting for different thickness.

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Old 06-20-2013, 11:56 PM
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Now some engineer at Bessey was doing some thinking! I'm trying to remember where I've seen a similar action at work ... oh, I know, I've got a pair of vice-grip like pliers that I bought some years ago that have a similar mechanism - .

Like Dik, I think I'm gonna get me some of those cause they eliminate one extra bit of fussing and would be fabulous with T-nut mounted underneath for use on the T-Track on top of the bench as well!

Thanks to all for the ideas.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:53 AM
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Default something about clamps...

50+ clamps was on worxs and we can't make up our minds.
unreal...4 Konstantino's at work to make something different and better...

at the end, we end up with the simplest one.
rotates, upgrades and holds the thinnest piece of wood...

Few other versions are waiting for the right time.
best one(s) are:
a. a single toggle clamp separated and installed on the twin extrusion.
b. one that later looked exact like one Bessey...type.
c. one that was made for the square.
that (C) the best one...you push the square handle down
and you activate the clamp. ( a twin toggle clamp)
you pull the handle and you release the clamp.

I end up in Missouri...Mr Carr Lane knew all about clamps.
He invented and pioneer the toggle clamps and few more stuff.....
That was a very interesting trip and I learned so much from the Man.

www.carrlane.com
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