How to fix Bar Clamps that Slip? Answered
My grandparents are moving, and are organizing stuff... I just found an antique bar clamp (An ELZETT, a bit smaller than that one though).
The sliding arm/jaw wouldn't slide on the bar, so I removed the rust.
The sliding jaw wouldn't lock onto the bar when I tightened it. I tried enlarging the grooves/notches that were on the bar with a hacksaw, but that didn't really help.
Does anyone have an idea for making it lock/catch on the bar? My grandpa might have several more of these clamps!
Drilling holes into the bar and adding a removable pin - no, because this steel is really hard and I'd go through 10 drill bits.
The only thing I can think of is to take it apart, and use the hardware for a homemade wooden clamp. But I think it would be easier to start from scratch...
I really want to fix this clamp! The quality of old tools, throat depth of this clamp, the screw, the swiveling pad - I need these!