A Simple Handscrew Clamp

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Project by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB posted 02-04-2014 03:56 PM 5174 views 20 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its “Get Woodworking Week 2014” (February 2-8), and I demonstrate how to make a simple, traditional-style wood clamp with some scrap wood, a few basic tools, and a couple of parts from the local hardware store. The project is designed for beginners and so it contains more details and procedural instructions than normal.

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Materials I Used:
Scrap piece of 2×4
6 Hex Nuts (1/2”-13)
2 Flat Washers
2 Threaded Rods (1/2”-13 and 12” long)

Tools Used:
Drill with 1/2” and 7/8” Bits
Some Scrap Wood and Screws
The Remnants of a Can of Shellac

-- Fr. Thomas,

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#1 posted 02-04-2014 04:57 PM

Does this design allow the jaws to clamp out of parallel?

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#2 posted 02-04-2014 05:02 PM

I like your handles, never thought about them. I bought the ready rod and all the other hardware but spent the last month away so need to get at er and build a set of them!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 02-04-2014 05:42 PM

LJackson: Not this version, I wanted to keep it very simple but still functional, and in a way it is the more traditional form of the handscrew clamp (at least as I understand it). I am also making a more modern-design version with the barrel nuts and cutting my own threads. I hope to have that video finished by the end of the week.

rad457: Go for it! I would love to see the result.

-- Fr. Thomas,

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#4 posted 02-05-2014 04:38 AM

Great simplification of a design for beginning woodworkers—look forward to seeing your barrel bolt version.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 02-05-2014 01:27 PM

HillbillyShooter: Thank you.

-- Fr. Thomas,

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#6 posted 02-10-2014 05:46 AM

Nice parallel clamps. They sure come in handy in the shop!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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