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gilljc

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has anyone else used bolts for clamping? ran some 6mm roofing bolts through axle holes - really effective and perfect line up. the metal bolts don't get glued in like dowelling would as the glue doesn't stick so well to the metal :-)
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Gill- This is a great idea. I will be sure to use this. I've got a lot of bolts and nuts lying around that can be used. I am going to use your idea to make a bar clamp out of two long narrow pieces of wood connected with bolts and nuts at each end. I need to glue up some big pieces of wood and this will be a cheap way to clamp it up. thanks
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not sure if you have any thing like it in the us but in the uk plastic hangers the ones shops use to hold trousers/skirts some have 2 small spring clamps on the ends of the hanger to hold the item but you cut or slide them off and there you go 2 free spring clamps good for holding small items while waiting for the glue to go off.
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Wiley Rufus Peak

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Hi Gary,
I've got a huge box of these things and haven't known what to do with them. Now I have an answer! I just tested your idea and it really works swell like you said. Thanks!
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oooh! got some of these kicking around waiting do be thrown out - off to hunt through wardrobe :-)
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glad it work out for you i have seen these hangers in boxes outside shops with a sign on them saying please take if you want them so you can get them that way for free also.
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Now we're cookin'! You just ain't goin' to believe how many of these #@%%^&!!! hangers are in my closets and how they get tangled up in everything. And how glad I am that I didn't throw them all away. I took a bunch of them off and clipped them all together in crazy ways like art. Kind of like a mechanical 3D puzzle. My great-grands (and great-great-grands) went nuts for them. They are also REALLY handy at my workbench. Thanks for the tip!!
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Oops. I meant to thank gilljc and Wiley for the bolts ideas. I also made some little 12" long bar clamps with #24-12 bolts and wing nuts. They work swell for some things but are kind of limited with other things.
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When I can get my hands on them, I try to collect the clothes hangars with the little clamps. I use them to hang plans or next projects from the pipes in my cellar.

I also have a homemade bar clamp, 12" long, which uses 2-4 inch long 1/8" thick cleats with holes in them to slide tightly together using thumbscrews.
It's not used often but has been helpful on a few "awkward" occasions.
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