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Lee Valley has introduced a new clamping system designed for irregular shapes.

Some scrolling projects require you to be a contortionist to clamp them properly. Scrollers use a variety of items, ranging from tape to rope, weights to pure brute force, but Lee Valley has introduced a new clamping system designed for irregular shapes.

Hobby Clamps use space-age carbon fiber rods and polycarbonate plastic arms (or jaws). Since both jaws move independently, it is easy to adjust the clamps and workpiece with just one hand.

While they look fragile, the rods are light, flexible, and strong. The clamps operate on the offset locking principle—if you skew a round rod passing through a round hole, friction keeps the pieces from sliding.

The kit includes three rods, six arms, and an entire strip of connectors to join the rods together. Kits are available for $14.50 + $7.50 s&h from Lee Valley, 800-871-8158, www.LeeValley.com.

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Comments (4 posted):

Wagnuka on 04/29/2012 11:17:18
If it works, it's great. I've long said that the Great Holy designed us wrong - we need a 3rd arm. The Great Holy not having seen fit to listen to such complaints, we need clamping systems. Possibly like this one.
BobD on 04/30/2012 08:14:39
Ummm...Homer and Carole....the link points to a product review....
Rolf on 04/30/2012 10:30:01
I can't seem to find it on their site?
BobD on 04/30/2012 11:34:02
They call them "restorer's clamps" now: Restorer's Clamps - Lee Valley Tools
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Bob Duncan Bob Duncan is the Technical Editor of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts and Woodcarving Illustrated. more