Has anyone used the Jorgensen 1650 hold down clamp on their bench? The
mount through a 3/4" dog hole.
Coastal tools has them in packs of two for $10.95 (less than $6.00 apiece).
At this price, if they work at all, they seem worthwhile.
Here's the link to the clamps I am talking about: http://tinyurl.com/74sf2
Thanks for the response Edwin. I may buy just to see what they are like.
I've intentionally relocated the drawer on my work bench to allow easy
access to the under side of the table. I've got a couple of bench dogs and
a wonder dog and use them a lot since I put a bunch of holes in my bench.
But I seem to come up with occasions every other day where a nice hold down
would be very useful. I really like the Veritas solution but my budget
doesn't have them as a priority yet. Up to know F-clamps have worked but
they are not nearly as convenient or as flexible as a hold down.
Thanks, George. I went to a local dealer and had a hands-on look at the
Veritas hold down. Now I understand why it costs what it does. Its quite a
piece of machinery. I brought one home to give it a whirl. I'm not sure
about the shaft on it. The literature does not mention it and its not
obvious from the pictures. The shaft has a very shallow and sharp thread
running the full length. This gives it some gripping power in the dog hole.
However, it may also wear out your dog hole in a hurry. I tried it on a
maple work bench at the dealer. Little tiny wood shavings came out of the
hole when I pulled the clamp back out. Hmmm, but I bought it anyway to see
how it works on my bench. I'm sure I can return it if I decide to, within a
couple of days.
Take a standard F type clamp and take the fixed jaw off. Bore a hole in your
bench large enough for the bar to pass through. Line the hole with a piece
of pipe to protect the bench. Drop the modified clamp in the hole and there
you are. I have two in my bench. Work great.
They're very quick and easy to use, but they're so sprngy they don't
allow much clamping force. They're useful when routing, but no use for
They also need to be shimmed to be near horizontal or their clamping
suffers. The teeth on the end of the jaw are pretty sharp and damaging
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