Knew Concepts is well known for their fantastic fret saw (I own one, love it!), but they also make a range of fine metalsmithing and jewelry-making tools and accessories.
Shown above is their mini clamp, an aluminum accessory base that can fit workbench tops 3/4″ to 3″ thick. It has a non-threaded 5/16″ mounting hole for fastening benchtop accessories, such as Knew Concepts’ recent articulating face shields.
This is a very specialized mounting clamp, but I thought it would be of interest since there are so few products like it out there. I always end up jerry rigging temporary solutions when I need to clamp random accessories of devices to a benchtop. With something like this, I might be convinced to build accessories with 5/16″ attachment points to fit.
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The mini clamp can work with Knew Concept’s somewhat recently introduced articulating face shields, which look to have Loc-Line or Loc-Line-like modular hose arms for easy adjustability. The mounting stem looks to be 5/16″ hex stock, which would allow it to fix to the mini clamp without rotating.
Although not inexpensive, I can definitely appreciate the simple and hassle-free way that the mini clamp pairs with Knew Concepts’ new shields to add a little more safety to any spot at the front or side of a benchtop.
There are 3 types of shields available – a basic version, one with LED lights, and one with LED lights and a magnifier.
I would assume that these are all made in the USA.
Price: $40 for the mini clamp, $45 and up for the face shield
In case this is way beyond your interests or needs, which it might be given its specialized origins and usage intent, I have a challenge for you. Think of how you would design your own DIY benchtop accessory clamp, for holding things like face shields, a flashlight, or a 3rd hand for holding small parts. If you have already made something like this, please share the design in our forum!