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My take on the DIY bar clamp.

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Peri

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Needing a few long clamps, and being too much of a skinflint to spend a large amount of cash on something I might only use a couple of times a year, I made some with bits and pieces I had (or found).

I closely followed FinnCrafted's youtube video, so if you're interested the process is laid out here www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAsJ5yS1CD0

Mine are massively over-engineered, with 2mm stainless plates and 4mm stainless through bolts !

I think all the nuts, bolts, washers, springs and allthread cost around £50. The 1" square bar was a 'find', the stainless sheet was scrap, and everything else was made.

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I took a few pictures (when I remembered), and most of them were too blurry to use..... but here are a few.

Cutting the blocks at the start.
01 starting-blocks.jpg

The handles were square stock, turned round and the slots milled.
02 milling-the-handles.jpg 03-handles.jpg

This is the spring mechanism inside the sliding head.
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Sanding the edges flat (ish) and square (ish)
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Finished !
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Orraloon

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Those look pretty good and built to last. The fluted handles are a nice touch and some brass to set it all off. Got it all covered.
Regards
John
 

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Terrific job with the added bonus that there’s always extra pleasure in using tools you’ve made yourself.
 

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They are things of beauty, its great when you can make these sort of things yourself, well done.
 
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