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    KanDo Won't Twist Clamps....Brass Copper Steel Rivets

    I needed (wanted) a set of Kant Twist clamps. I also wanted to make them out of brass.
    I have a set of 2 1/2 D and 4 1/2 D from around 1946 or so that were my Dad's. They have
    a special place in my shop and I do use them on occasion.

    Nice thing about brass is that it is non magnetic so it can be used near high power magnetrons.
    For this example I did not use all brass however the 4 button head screws could be replaced with brass.
    The clamping screw could be made of brass so with a little mod we have a multi use clamp.
    The clamp pads are copper and ride on 3/8" brass bushings. They could be replaced with the material of choice.
    Now the size is a bit different than the commercially available clamps. The capacity is between the
    2 1/2D and the 4 1/2D with a capacity of 3". Grooves are milled in the clamp pads for rounds.

    Tolerance....Tight fit all the way around. There is less than .005" between the small set of jaws and the large set of jaws by design.
    When you pick up a new Kant Twist you can feel the clickety clackety motion of the loose tolerance. Normal for production clamps
    and they work fine but I wanted this one tight. Everything moves smoothly but it does not clickety clack!

    The lead screw is 5/16-18 grade-8 with a 4-40 screw as the retainer.
    Riveting......First time ever. Actually it was much easier than I thought it would be.
    Just make the rivets fit the holes snug and bash them many times with a hammer.
    You can see in one of the pictures that I used a new Kant Twist clamp to hold all
    the parts together so I could rivet it.
    The brass plate used was 8.5" x 11" and .125 thick. I set up the CNC machine
    to cut and drill the holes exactly where required.

    Worked on this all week but it was a fun project. Cost was about $35.00 including the
    brass plate which was only $25.00 including shipping which is a good price.
    You can see the brand new 2 1/2D Kant Twist clamps in the picture. I bought
    them from Amazon at a cost of $33.00 for two. Took me 1 minute to order them
    so you can see how efficient ordering is compared to my building. But building
    was much more satisfying and now I have plenty of clamps I can twist all day.

    Cheers, JR.
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    Thanks jjr2001! We've added your Brass Kant Twist Clamp to our Clamps category,
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    Nice Job. That looks like a CNC gantry router table...

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    I Love those brass twist clamps.. :O)

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    Quote Originally Posted by benkeller3 View Post
    Nice Job. That looks like a CNC gantry router table...
    Thank you, it was a most satisfying build.
    Indeed a 3 axis shop built gantry cnc router. There is a thread for it in the last page of my builder page.
    Cheers JR

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainleeward View Post
    I Love those brass twist clamps.. :O)
    Thanks captain. I really like brass. I made these after inspiration from your clamp build.

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    Once again beautiful work.

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    Thank you Shelly

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    Thanks Jon, I think that set of clamps is my favorite machining project so far.
    The beam engine is nice but I really like the clamps.

    Cheers, JR

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