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Tools For Fools ... Or How To Keep It On The Cheap Side
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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2011 02:31 pm
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Helmut B.
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Hi all,

Some time ago I stumbled on a discount shop over some gardening tools
(or how ever those things for gardening work are called, maybe supplies?)

Not much for modeling purposes at first glance,
but then something caught my eyes which seemed rather useful for our hobby:





Those clamps (brackets?) are intended to be used like this:





But the little tinkerer in me almost instantly rang an alarm.

Those clamps (25 big ones, and 25 smaller ones) are pretty cheap,
and in the right size for some tinkering like this:















The joints of those clamps are pretty sturdy with respect to sidewise motions,
so the clamping pieces at the front stay quite parallel.

The front part features a pin and hole centering appliance,
the pins of which I simply cut to get a flush surface.

One other advantage above "serious" clamps,
is the fact that those clamps will not produce depressions in soft wood like balsa.

I've once purchased a set of small, big and bigger "serious" clamps in a home-improvement shop,
but I don't use them much in the hobby sector.

They were also cheap but of so bad a quality,
one could easily consider them of not worth the money.

Those binders in the right side of the shown package are an additional gain,
for bundling anything a modeler might have to bundle: wires, wood supplies, rails...

I rate them more useful than those zip ties which cannot be (re-)opened easily.
The shown ones are easily adjustable and reuseable.

The cost of the whole package was about 2 or 3 Euros
(that might be around $4 or $5)
and well worth the money.

So if you ever stumble across similar items at your local stores I recommend a close look.


Helmut,


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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2011 04:56 pm
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Dave D
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Nice catch Helmut! :!:


I will be sure to keep an eye out for something like this in the next few weeks.

We are just coming into spring here, and that means the wife will want to go to the garden centers soon!





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Hi Helmut  :wave:



How're things going ?  L:  ???



I came across your 'Clamps Thread' way back in the General Forum ...

... thought they looked GREAT ! and just what I need at the moment !  :thumb:



I moved your Thread into the 'Model Building Aids' Forum ...

... as more folks may well see these useful tools there.  :)



:brill: :brill: :brill: :brill: :brill:



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Hi,

I didn't have much time for model railroading or tinkering in the last few years.  :sad:

Had some tough times, but now I am hoping to clear the mess in the train room and start over within some weeks. :2t:

Although I will have to share my spare time between model railroad and a actual '54 Chevy pickup which is in dire need of some TLC  :old dude:


regards, Helmut


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glad to have you "back in the game!"

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I was getting them from the 99 cent store,

they come in handy.





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 Posted: Fri Jul 19th, 2019 06:46 pm
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Next to my workbench, exactly those clamps hold a mass of vines

to the stair railing which goes to the third floor...


Haven't thought to use them for model building!

Fortunately, some spares are on hand.




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