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Alpha Jack Clamps

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image Alpha Jack Clamps allow you to clamp in a variety of positions.

The basic premise of the Alpha Jack Clamp is similar to an ordinary quick-grip clamp: you tighten the clamp using a ratcheting pistol-grip style handle. But the tightening action is where the similarities end.

Alpha Jack Clamps, manufactured by Lowell Thomas Tools Inc., can act as both a jack and a clamp.

Lowell Thomas of Bozeman, Minn., designed the tool when he needed to jack up a part of the sailboat he was working on. He tried to flip an ordinary quick-grip clamp around so he could use the pads to push outward, but it wouldn’t work. So, Lowell designed his own. After a few tweaks, the Alpha Jack Clamps were created.

The basic premise of the Alpha Jack Clamp is similar to an ordinary quick-grip clamp: you tighten the clamp using a ratcheting pistol-grip style handle. But the tightening action is where the similarities end.

Most quick-grip clamps and ordinary bar clamps have a relatively shallow throat depth- usually no more than 3". The Alpha Jack Clamps have a 13" throat depth. This allows you to clamp around stock when working on delicate and intricate projects.

The clamps are built to last. Each clamp weighs about three pounds, so they will not be the first clamp you reach for when gluing up delicate fretwork. But the throat depth lets you use this clamp when no other clamp will work. It also allows you to put the clamp together around already-glued components and quickly disassemble the clamp when the glue is dry.

While the jack action is not specifically useful when it comes to scroll saw work, the clamp can be used to jack a project up or push two objects apart. It also includes a horizontal and vertical level on the fixed end, and the bottom bar includes a ruler calibrated in inches and millimeters.

Alpha Jack Clamps are available for $39.99 each plus shipping and handling. If you purchase two clamps, the shipping and handling is free. For more information, visit www.jackclamp.com.

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Comments (6 posted):

wood-n-things on 06/29/2009 17:20:45
Nice article. I always thought Bozeman was in Montana...I guess there is one in Minnesota as well?
Arcy on 06/29/2009 17:40:19
Looks like an error. According to their web site, Lowell Thomas is in Bozeman, Montana. Lowell Thomas Tool's Bozeman, Montana bar clamp! --Rob
Sally on 06/30/2009 21:52:23
Ok Bob - quit teasing us and just hand deliver the magazine!! We're waiting. And now excited.
Scrolling Days on 07/17/2009 23:03:07
I enjoy reading the product reviews in the magazine. Bob, like you, my favorite hand sanding tool is a random orbit sander. I am intrigued by the Dremel Multi-Max, however. I like the small size and delicate/small area sanding the tool should offer. The scraper is a nice touch, but I have to admit, I seldom do refinishing. The only problem I had with Dremel in the past was with a beautiful set I bought from them which included a variable speed rotary tool with lots off attachments and tons of "bits." The problem was that there was nothing in the set which described what each attachment was for. For example, I would have a tough time knowing which spinning disk to use for the material I was trying to cut through, be it wood or a rusty nail. It did provide a nice carrying case for the 100+ rotary attachments, however, LOL. When I do get it straight, the tool works well, though. Thanks for the review. Maybe I'll add the Multi-Max to my workbench soon.
Cutting Cathy on 07/18/2009 01:02:25
Bob have you had a chance to compare the Multi-Max with any of the other new oscillating tools?? I bought the Rockwell Sonicrafter and am very happy with that. I just wondered how the other compared.
ubgoofy2003 on 07/18/2009 18:45:49
I have the Dremel Stylus rotory tool & it works great. Came with a kit, including bits, wrench etc. I like the idea of being able to just put it back on the charger & not worry about it over charging. No problem with Dremel here ! Perk
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Bob Duncan Bob Duncan is the Technical Editor of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts and Woodcarving Illustrated. more