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  1. My uniklamps seem to slide fairly easily. They took some time to get used to though. The mechanism is sort of strange. I chalk it up to my noob-ness
  2. I agree on all fronts. Heck, I'd settle for ditching the spacer, removable face plates, keep the bar small/thin--but enough to keep it true--for a better slide mechanism and a better handle. Or, maybe it'd be better to come at it form the angle of making a beefy uniklamp more so than a gimped Revo.
  3. I was really surprised by the UniKlamps too. I've heard a lot of people critique them for being small and cheap feeling, but to me the weight translates to agility. Great attention to detail in your critique!
  4. After writing my review of using the clamps over the last 2-3 weeks I decided to check out what other people wrote. I'm surprised to see folk across the board are feeling like the clutch mechanism or whatever lets the head slide along the rail is sticky. I thought I might have just been 'doing it wrong' lol.
  5. For a little context, my experience level is that of a novice and the clamps I use are predominantly F-style clamps. Generally of the cheap variety. The project I used to test these clamps was a set of raised garden beds that required significant clamping pressure to pull boards straight and to clamp miters tight for joinery, often requiring the use of 6-8 clamps at a time. See attached photo for context. First impressions Out of the box I noticed that these are some heavy duty. From a cursory impression the Jrs do look like a smaller/younger version of the Revo. The face plates came off a few of the clamps in shipping which isn't a big deal. I do appreciate the little plastic spacers which were a nice touch to keep any workpieces off the rails. In use I used the Jrs first before touching any of the other clamps. To me they felt substancial. The handle on these felt better than the uniklamps because of their size--my hands dwarfed these tiny little handles. Moving back after trying the Revos proved to create quite a point of contrast, making me wish the JRs inherited a few more traits from their father. I guess comfort is a recessive gene. The Jrs clamping mechanism felt like it stuck a little bit but I'm used to wrestling with the trash clamps that I own, so this was still a step up. The Revo was significantly more smooth and the uniklamps slid effortlessly as well. I attribute this to quality of parts and weight respectively. General marketing thoughts and conclusion One thing that struck me was the value proposition of these clamps. Based on my observation the difference between the clamps is the following: Quality of the Clamping Mechanism The handle is smaller and wooden The padded sticker is replaced with a flat paper sticker The rail is thinner The face is smaller What I would like to have seen--and what feels like would have been a more effective move from Bessey's stand point--is the Revo Jr marketed as a different breed of Revo, not just a cheaper version. I feel that these clamps weren't made for a specific application and were created to fit a price bracket. The reality is that I don't always need 1000s of lb of clamping pressure and often appreciate a clamp that is more maneuverable and lighter. These traits are innate to the Jr, yet for some reason the truly functional aspects aspect of the clamp--the sliding of the mechanism and the handle--have been downgraded. I find it sort of ironic that the sticker on this is paper on the Jr but the Uniklamp has the pillowed sticker found on the Revo Sr. The Revo to me feels like a great clamp but I'm not 100% sure it knows what it wants to be yet. I hope this feedback is informative and thank you for the opportunity to test these out. The truth of it is that I still thoroughly enjoyed using these clamps, although I did find myself reaching for the Unikmaps when I needed something light and the Revos when it was something heavy duty and laying down. I would love to have something that takes the best of both the Uniklamp and Revo Sr and these are close, but not quite there (in my ideal world ). Peace, John
  6. I second that, when these come out I'll be picking up another 2-4 off the hop!
  7. Even a slip on rubber foot the same as they have on most f-style clamps would be pretty rockin for this. It dents my pine without using a shim or caul. :/
  8. I got mine a little while ago as well. My first thoughts are: Great quality and they feel like they're strong where they need it. I've noticed some clamps look bulky to make them appear stronger but in the end, it makes them cumbersome and annoying. A few nice design aspects that I appreciate: - Screw holes are nicely offset from the body of the clamp making these easier to fasten down than some other toggle clamps I've used. - The knurled nut that secures the position of the clamp contact is an elegant solution to make adjusting it very easy. I like not having to deal with too many parts. - The handle has a nice curve to it and fits my palm quite nicely. I have yet to experience a situation where the low profile of it would be of benefit.. but it's a value added in my book There are two applications that are not traditional that I can see this fulfilling perfectly! 1) Hold down material at my drill press. Being able to lock down a third hand is going to be a god sent... having the elongated screw holes means I can easily slide it back and forth depending on the bit size to allow for the required clearance 2) quick hold fast for a bench that is dogholeless and relatively thin. I work with super soft pine.. so I'll let ya know how the bruising goes and how I dealt with it. Big shout out and thanks to Bessey for their forward thinking in opening up the trials to our community. It's comforting to see companies that are interested in innovating based on our needs and wants.
  9. I think this is absolutely key. Getting into the technical aspects can often be putting the cart before the horse. Like all good design, purpose must be established as the foundation. Execution and best practices are definitely important but are a givin. An analog would be describing the joinery of a custom made office desk without assessing the buyer's needs, physical size, and potential future uses that may deviate from those of the present. The purpose can be derived by exploring what you want do achieve in your business. From there you'll get answers to questions like; What do I want people to expect form me? What do I want people to expect from my site? The best way I can explain it is that you're creating precedent, establishing trust and a building a relationship. The way any piece of design works is virtually identical to the way you'd conduct yourself when meeting a first time client who dropped into your shop. -John
  10. That's the exact response we were looking for! Enjoy.
  11. I can only speak from my trade, but here are my thoughts: I've found that being professional is a combination of a few elements. Obviously one aspect of those is proficiency in technique or the craft, be it whatever it is. The second aspect and what I believe is the determining factor is your approach and conduct; often referred to as 'professional practice.' To be professional in my books means understanding how to not only do the task, but to do it to it's full extent and to hold yourself responsible to uphold your hightest level of quality. A portion of this also relates to business sense in providing yourself with the required time to perform the task, being honest, and being understanding. I think many people can be professional in a variety of fields and with different levels of proficiency. Also, I think one should be cautious when associating mastery with professionalism. Most importantly, that someone shouldn't use their lack of experience or mastery of a craft as an excuse to not be a professional.
  12. No bells, but maybe with some whistles? Don't suppose it'd be possible to record the clinic? That'd be boss!
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    Chiseling Stool

    Completed: August 2, 2010<br /><br />I had been doing the majority of my work standing and realized, having a shop stool is a must!<br /><br />This was a quick project I pulled together out of some scrap laminated pine boards. <br /><br />This project is a first when it comes to using hand planes, cutting the pieces by hand and making something that doesn't consist exclusively of right angles.
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