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MLCS 9001 Can-Do Clamp

by MLCS

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  • Can-Do clamp can do it all! A clamp and a vise
  • Sets up instantly; secures quickly
  • Precise
  • Perfect for framing, drilling, doweling, and more
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 9001
Item Weight2.6 pounds
Product Dimensions8.7 x 8.3 x 2.5 inches
OriginTaiwan
Item model number9001
Item Package Quantity1
Warranty Description3 Year Warranty on all merchandise. All products are guaranteed against defects in workmanship ans materials.
  
Additional Information
ASINB000LJNJNU
Best Sellers Rank #10,251 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableNovember 26, 2008
  
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Product Description

Product Description

Join picture frames or cabinet frames. 2-3/4-Inch width frame capacity. Sliding T-handle for high clamping pressure. Moveable jaws. Oblong mounting holes allow easy mounting to a workbench. Sturdy aluminum construction. Featured and recommended in WOOD magazine (12/1994 issue).Can-Do clamp can do it all! A clamp and a viseSets up instantly; secures quicklyPrecisePerfect for framing, drilling, doweling, and more

From the Manufacturer

Join picture frames or cabinet frames. 2-3/4-Inch width frame capacity. Sliding T-handle for high clamping pressure. Moveable jaws. Oblong mounting holes allow easy mounting to a workbench. Sturdy aluminum construction. Featured and recommended in WOOD magazine (12/1994 issue).

Customer Reviews

I have not used it as yet but I think it is good.
Wayne Wallace
Both pieces will be slightly loose and maybe hard to hold together while you apply the joint pressure.
FredToo
This clamp holds project for me safely since I have no other help.
P. Sims

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By FredToo on August 12, 2013
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These clamps do not work nearly as well as the description would imply. They mention the "high clamping pressure", but in my opinion this is pretty misleading. Yes, it will clamp each piece individually very well, but as far as I can tell it puts zero pressure on the joint itself. So if you are relying primarily on a glue joint, you are getting little or no pressure on the joint from this clamp. In other words it does nothing to draw the two pieces together at the joint (some similar types of clamps advertise that they do. I have not tried those, but I have serious doubts).

The actual joint only gets the pressure that you apply with your one free hand, while you try and turn the crank with the other, and keep the sliding "plunger" tracking straight without hanging up to one side or the other (it really needs some sort of guide to help it track straight toward the joint corner). This can be very awkward to work, and all the time your glue is setting.

After clamping 4 corners of a frame with Gorilla Glue, I picked up the frame the next day and it fell apart. No glue joint will work without sufficient pressure on the joint itself. As far as holding the the two pieces rigidly while you drive in a screw or nail (as shown in the picture), yes it will do that...but I don't think that merits the description "high clamping pressure".

So you will still need some kind of pressure band or similar item to put pressure on the joint itself. Of course in order to get any pressure on the joint, you will need to loosen this clamp so the pieces can move slightly. Because of the design, you cannot loosen just one side. Both pieces will be slightly loose and maybe hard to hold together while you apply the joint pressure.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tim Ryan on June 21, 2010
I purchased two of these clamps from MLCS and they do work nicely BUT there are some issues to be aware of:

1. The clamp tends to have a slight sticking point in the worm gear just as the angled clamping shoe meets the wood. If you crank the handle slightly counter-clockwise then clockwise the tightening will continue. This happens even when the clamping shoe and thread bar are flush with the table surface. The thread bar actually swivels where the tightening handle is.

2. The cheap red paint rubs off on the work piece which is very annoying! Why would they paint the work piece contact points and bright red for that matter?! Warm water and a rag can fix this but I shouldn't ever have to do this. I think I'm going to take some industrial paint stripper and remove the paint from the contact points hoping this will fix the issue. Once again, I shouldn't have to do this.

3. It's made in Taiwan. Nothing against Taiwan, I've been there, but America needs more jobs.

Despite these issues the clamp does what it claims. Two clamps aided nicely while assembling four large drawers made of 7/16" birtch. Doing so without the clamps would have been a real task.

Tim
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scott E. Brosius on June 27, 2012
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I am building a Pilates Reformer for my wife and wanted to make a perfect box with 4 solid right angles, this did it. I did take to heart the previous review about the red paint, really a dumb idea to paint this with the flakiest red paint in all of Taiwan. Before I began I used blue painters tape to cover all areas that contact the surface of my precious red oak. Though this is a lame solution it did work with very little work involved, was it necessary TOTALLY. All in all it is a great item I just wish they have left it an unpainted metal or clear coated it or something different than BRIGHT vibrant red that rubs off way to easy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Salazar on October 23, 2013
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So the first thing I should point out is that this is NOT a glue up clamp. This particular type of clamp is best used to help you put a cabinet together. I am currently working on redoing our walk in pantry. I am replacing the cheap wire shelving with nicer melamine shelves that can be adjusted and will also be taller than the original wire ones.

I use these to help me hold the shelves at 90 degrees while I drill a pilot screw and secure the shelves with FASTCAP PHZ8.3-inch-150PC PowerHead 3-Inch Cabinet Installation Screws, 150-Pack. Previously I built a couple of L shaped clamping brackets that I would use when I needed to assemble a cabinet. I would clamp the L down and then clamp the upright board to the other leg. This worked pretty well and I still use them but these MLCS clamps just simplify the process.

I can see where inexperienced woodworkers would have trouble with these. First off if you plan on using wood glue to hold a box together this is not going to apply the correct clamping pressure. In that situation a band clamp similar to MLCS 9012 Woodworking Exclusive Merle Multi-Corner Clamp is more closely suited for that task.

As for problems with the paint as others have stated? I have not encountered it but c'mon, big deal. Here is what it comes down to, I bough 4 of these for $100 with free shipping (we have prime) compare that to other versions of corner clamps and its a pretty decent deal.

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