Bolt Clamps Together for Extra Reach Capacity

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BOLT CLAMPS TOGETHER FOR EXTRA REACH CAPACITY

When need arose for some extra-long clamps, I developed this trick for increasing the capacity of my one-handed bar clamps. First, I drove out the retaining pins at the ends of the two clamps. Then, I drilled two 14 " holes in the bars where shown at top.

Next, I removed the movable jaw on one bar, reversed the movable jaw on the other bar, and screwed the bars together with 14 " machine screws and nuts. To turn this arrangement into a spreader, I bolt them together with the movable jaws on the bars in their normal positions.

--William McGee, Westboro, Mass.