You may think that, given the title, we are moving away from railway modelling. But many of us have to do willy-nilly carpentry work, especially to build the infrastructure of a layout.
Personally, I own a vice-workbench that everyone will recognize, a priori very clever compared to the old models, but full of flaws that did not affect the older models. However, it remains useful for those who live in a flat.
Photo Black & Decker.fr
I also own some clamps from another brand known for its often inventive tools, although not always of higher quality. The problem is that it is difficult to tighten a piece of wood on the workbench with these clamps, because they come quickly stopped against the chassis under the tray.
Moreover, to fix a part on a workbench, the woodworkers rather use this very simple tool called woodworker’s clamp, which works by jamming into the table. But in order for the jamming to be effective, the table must be thick enough, which is not the case with a vice-workbench.
Photo Établis François
The Wolfcraft clamp has a jaw easily removable by means of a push-button (arrow), which allows it to be reversed to work as a spreader (see photo gallery). All what is required is to mount this jaw at the other end of the stem.
When this jaw is removed, doesn’t the rest look like a woodworker’s clamp? And is it possible, by chance, that the stem could be inserted into the workbench holes (ø 20 mm)? Well yes! It just fits! And I even think it was studied for; but the manufacturer doesn’t mention it!
However, the tray remains too thin to jam this makeshift woodworker’s clamp. What if we put the removable jaw back under the tray? No sooner said than done.
Here we are! Certainly, the implementation is a bit long. But the clamping is very effective now.
And there, I’m really not involved. Your clamp doesn’t have an opening large enough for your need? You can make a very large one with two smaller ones, thanks to this push-button connector. Simply remove the removable jaws and connect the two stems together.
We agree that, in the photo, it is useless, eh; it’s just to demonstrate.
While I am there: the ø 20 holes are apparently standardized for vice workbenches. There are stops delivered with, like the — very tired — red one in this picture. But we can make others, really inexpensive, with IRL electric tube of the same diameter. It’s not very sturdy, but it’s so quickly replaced!
Among other tricks:
See, for example, a video on the installation of a not too expensive carpentry workbench, on the excellent Copain des copeaux website.
“Wolfcraft 3038000 Connector Pro/ Easy - One-Hand Clamp Adapter for
Combining Two One-Hand Clamps”
£17.45 (price 2017) at Amazon.co.uk
Or rather, they offer a special woodworker’s clamp that has exactly the same function: the PRO 65-150-W. And I did not notice it until I had discovered this possibility.