A Safe Material holding Clamp - Tablesaw, Bandsaw and more!

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Project by GaryK posted 07-22-2008 05:46 PM 75897 views 325 times favorited 102 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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This idea has been rolling around in my head for quite a while. (lot’s of extra room in there) I wanted to make a tool. Something that would be useful to have atound the shop.

This clamp can be used on either the table saw, router table or even the band saw. It’s main purpose is to keep your hands away from the blade. You can use it if you are right or left handed.

The material came from a crate that was used to ship a machine from asia. I have no idea what kind of wood it is. All I can say is that’s it’s vary hard.

I designed this so that it could be made with only a table saw and drill and hand tools. A bandsaw or scroll saw would make a couple of parts faster though. If any of you would like to make one you can download the Following PDF file. It includes full size drawings that you can print out to use as templates.
Click here to download Templates
First of all let me show what it does and how it works:

I started off by planing it all to 1/2” thickness.

Here you can see all the printed templates I used to make it.

I started out by laying the templates on one of the bars and transfered the locations of
all the holes. Then I clamped both bars together and drill a hole in each end and beat in
a dowel. This will hold them together while all the other holes are drilled.


After taking them apart I countersunk all the holes.

Then the bars were cut to 1 5/16”. This left just enough of the holes.

Here I used spray adhesive to stick the templates to the stock. I then
cut them out. Go ahead and drill the single hole in the moving clamp, but
for the handle use the holes in the bars to guide you. This way the holes will
line up perfectly.

Here I glued the small blocks used to build up the thickness of the clamps.

Here I show the assembled clamp with the handle and spacer glued in between the
bars at each end. The glued up adjustable clamp is also visible.

Instead of relying on the template for the location of the hole on the adjustable
clamp, I left a small section on the bars at the end with no holes. Insert the
clamp and use a 1/4” drill bit to transfer the location of the hole. Just hold the
drill bit against the bar and tap it with a hammer. Then drill out the hole.

The following two pictures show how I layed out the notch in the clamps. When you
actually cut them make the cut at a little more of an angle so that only the
bottom part will touch the wood to be clamped. Make sure to leave at least 1/2”
of material above the notch. This will allow the blade to cut it and not the bars.


Here you can see the adjustable clamp in the position where it is being moved (left)
and the engaged position (right)

Here is the open and clamped position for the hand clamp.

It is important to note here that the 2 moving clamp part are replaceable. They are made
to get cut up. When there is not enough material left to safely hold your stock it’s
time to make another pair. I made a couple of sets to start with.

Another note. Don’t raise the blade too far above the stock you are cutting. Don’t cut
into your bars. They are not made to be replaceable.

I made the bars 24” long because that was the length of the material I had. You can make
them longer or shorter. Just print out extra templates of the center section of the bars
to make them longer.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 07-22-2008 05:54 PM

Okay, I like that alot. Very cool.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 07-22-2008 05:58 PM

Great idea, simple construction. Very practical.

Thanks much!

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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#3 posted 07-22-2008 06:00 PM

Great invention, Gary!

The thing I hate about most push sticks is that you never feel like you have good control of the material. This solves that problem wonderfully.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-22-2008 06:03 PM

That is so cool. The design is great! Very inovative.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#5 posted 07-22-2008 06:06 PM


That is very clever. Thanks for taking the time to blog this and provide plans and the video. You should submit this to a magazine.

Finewoodworking just had a video where a guy was cutting large panels using a bar clamp to hold it. I don’t like putting metal near the blade.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#6 posted 07-22-2008 06:08 PM

Way cool, Gary. No Grrr-ipper needed!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#7 posted 07-22-2008 06:17 PM

Excellent. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#8 posted 07-22-2008 06:25 PM

Thanks Gary great idea. It will become project4 on my list

-- Nick , North Carolina " If we trust in GOD he will never put us in a place where his graces will not protect us "

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#9 posted 07-22-2008 06:30 PM

I’ll put that one my first to do list once I get my shop back.

Thanks Gary.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#10 posted 07-22-2008 06:40 PM

Gary, another winner.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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Bill Akins

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#11 posted 07-22-2008 07:10 PM

Outstanding. I love homemade jigs/tools. I could definitly use one of those. It reminds me of one of those things a brick mason carries a bundle of briicks with.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#12 posted 07-22-2008 07:53 PM

Are you sure your name isn’t McGyver? LOL Pretty neat idea Gary, I’m amazed at your brain. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 07-22-2008 08:15 PM

thats an awesome design and implementation. makes safety even cooler ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 07-22-2008 08:16 PM

Sweet Gary. That is just Grrrreat.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 07-22-2008 08:24 PM

“There’s your 1/8” piece; you can sit there and do it all day long.”

That’s just perfect!

-- Gary, Florida

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