Fab Lab Skill Builder: Working with Strap Clamps

 

Using a set of Strap Clamps is a no-brainer, right?  Just put them in the T-slots and screw ’em down, simple as that.  Perhaps – but you’ll find that crafty machinists always seem to be able to find a new riff for using an old standard.  I bet there’s a few tricks in the video below that you might not have thought about.

 

 

Have some other cool strap clamp tricks to share?  Let us know – perhaps we’ll make another video of the best ideas!  And check out our other work holding products for some other handy tools as well.

Andrew Grevstad

With over ten years of professional experience in advanced manufacturing systems, digital design tools, and applied software, Andy Grevstad has worked in product development and technical support for Tormach since 2008. Grevstad has received engineering degrees from Michigan Technological University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a regular contributor to Digital Machinist magazine and also blogs weekly about CNC milling and related topics on the Tormach blog, Milling Around.

Andrew Grevstad

6 thoughts on “Fab Lab Skill Builder: Working with Strap Clamps

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    06/28/2012 at 11:43 am
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    I love the trick at the end to create a simple machinist’s jack – I had never seen that before. The video was well worth watching – please keep ’em coming!

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    06/28/2012 at 3:28 pm
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    Agree – the jack trick is great! Nice job!

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    06/28/2012 at 5:00 pm
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    Ditto – I frequently need that jack trick and it’s a lot better than my previous approach.

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    06/28/2012 at 9:29 pm
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    Hello,

    I did not see it mentioned,(may have missed ) but make sure your tee nuts
    will not allow the stud to pass thru the bottom of the nut.
    Best way in the world to break out the tee slots in the mill table if the stud jacks at the bottom of the tee slot.
    Use tee nuts that have the last thread made so the stud will not pass thru.
    Brian

  • Andy G.
    06/29/2012 at 8:11 am
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    Yes this is a very good point. You can put a lot of tension on the underside surface of the slot if you aren’t careful

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    07/23/2012 at 6:11 pm
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    Good video.

    You can use a pair of straps to make an improvised machinist clamp with a suitable sized piece of metal between the ends of the straps. Can be awkward to set up but these can clamp pieces much larger than a standard machinist clamp.

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