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Hold-Down Clamp By Modifying A 'Stronghand' F-Style Clamp
Robert McMahon, Knoxville, Tenn.: “I needed a large hold-down clamp on my welding bench for fabrication work, so I made one by modifying a ‘Stronghand’ F-style clamp.
  “Start with a 1 by 2-in. piece of channel iron or flat bar and drill a hole for your hold-down bolt. Then weld the channel iron or flat bar to the bottom of the clamp. It’ll result in a super strong hold-down clamp that you can still use as a C-clamp or spreader. Other brands of clamps could be modified as well, but I find that Stronghand F-style clamps work the best.
  “I also made some cups that fit onto the clamp pads for holding accessories. I started with 1.625-in. ID tubing and 3/8-in. steel plate and drilled and tapped it. The tubing is slit so that it friction-fits the pad.”

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #4