Traditional handscrew clamps are great for many woodworking tasks. But on small parts and some assemblies, they can be overkill.
I figured out a way to make my own small
handscrew clamps using scraps of
hardwood and readily-available
hardware. The 4″ clamp shown
here is handy for a lot of tasks,
but you can make them any size.
The drawing shows
what you’ll need to put a clamp
together. Threaded rod and barrel nuts perform the work with
shop-made handles as a final
touch. As you can see, the upper
hole in one of the
jaws is stopped.
the rod to
don’t open and
close the same way as
traditional handscrews, it doesn’t take
long to get the hang of it.
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