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Offline ear3

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I'm going to have to make some DIY clamps for my build, and I was wondering if anyone could point me to a source for just the threaded rods with the swivel feet that you find on C-clamps.  Alternatively, some rubber pads that would attach to 1/4 up through 3/8 bolts that I would just thread myself through some T-nuts -- rubber needed to protect the wood.  Thanks.
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Offline Kev

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Re: Source for threaded rods and swivel feet for DIY clamps
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2015, 12:03 AM »
Wouldn't you consider good old pipe clamps?

Offline ear3

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Re: Source for threaded rods and swivel feet for DIY clamps
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2015, 12:25 AM »
It's for clamping smaller pieces on a structure that will likely exceed 10 feet, where I need to minimize surface holes from nails/screws, so a DIY thing is my most viable and economical option.

Wouldn't you consider good old pipe clamps?
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Offline Chris Wong

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Re: Source for threaded rods and swivel feet for DIY clamps
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2015, 03:01 AM »
For DIY clamp pads, I'd look at leather.  You could also make simple clamps with wedges, or  maybe use web clamps.
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Offline Jesse Cloud

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Re: Source for threaded rods and swivel feet for DIY clamps
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2015, 09:08 AM »
I'm with Chris on this.  Wedges are your friend.  Get a couple of pieces of scrap, put one under each side of your big piece, the one where you will be clamping needs to stick out an inch or two.  Clamp the scraps and the work piece down.  Screw in some small scrap blocks  on the scrap, about half an inch or less from the workpiece + the new pieces, where you wish to glue on the small pieces.  Glue on your new pieces and tap in wedges from opposing directions.  Done.  Only scrap and a few screws needed.  Also works great for odd shaped and curved pieces.

Offline ear3

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Re: Source for threaded rods and swivel feet for DIY clamps
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2015, 11:46 AM »
Do you have a visual/image to illustrate?

I'm with Chris on this.  Wedges are your friend.  Get a couple of pieces of scrap, put one under each side of your big piece, the one where you will be clamping needs to stick out an inch or two.  Clamp the scraps and the work piece down.  Screw in some small scrap blocks  on the scrap, about half an inch or less from the workpiece + the new pieces, where you wish to glue on the small pieces.  Glue on your new pieces and tap in wedges from opposing directions.  Done.  Only scrap and a few screws needed.  Also works great for odd shaped and curved pieces.
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Offline Brent Taylor

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Re: Source for threaded rods and swivel feet for DIY clamps
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2015, 02:16 PM »
I have been kicking around revamp some old C clamps for a router lift, you might want to thith about it for your needs. Cheap and available  acme thread with swivel ends.  Just a thought.

Offline Chris Wong

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Re: Source for threaded rods and swivel feet for DIY clamps
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2015, 04:23 PM »
Here's a fancy adjustable version of a wedge bar clamp.  You could easily skip boring all the holes and just screw the blocks where you need them.
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Offline ear3

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Re: Source for threaded rods and swivel feet for DIY clamps
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2015, 08:12 AM »
Thanks for the visual.

Here's a fancy adjustable version of a wedge bar clamp.  You could easily skip boring all the holes and just screw the blocks where you need them.
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Offline Richard/RMW

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Re: Source for threaded rods and swivel feet for DIY clamps
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2015, 08:46 AM »
@Edward A Reno III if you decide to go with the swivel clamps check out McMaster Carr, they have a great selection.

I do like the wedge clamps however.

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Offline leakyroof

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Re: Source for threaded rods and swivel feet for DIY clamps
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2015, 09:03 AM »
@Edward A Reno III if you decide to go with the swivel clamps check out McMaster Carr, they have a great selection.

I do like the wedge clamps however.

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