Does anyone see a need for wooden handscrew clamps?

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Forum topic by SMP posted 05-09-2019 07:10 PM 1496 views 1 time favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-09-2019 07:10 PM

Hello all,

I am mostly curious. I vaguely remember using these way back in Jr High/HS wood shop. I have never owned any. I frequently see them on sale at Rockler for $9.99. And have even grabbed them in the store, thought about buying some since on sale, and put them back. Because I don’t really see a point to them over using other clamps that I already have. Does anyone feel they do a better job at certain things? I mainly have pipe clamps, a couple c clamps, a couple sash clamps, and some Irwin quick grip clamps. Curious what others thoughts on these.


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#1 posted 05-09-2019 07:17 PM

I have a handful and I don’t use them all that often but when I need ‘em, they’re the best tool for the job IMO. They’re as good as it gets for applying even pressure over a large area and they’re great for holding parts that aren’t flat/square. I use them to hold small parts firmly for machining on the drill press or router table as well.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 05-09-2019 07:21 PM

In addition to what Kenny said (I definitely use them to hold things on the drill press!) they’re great to serve as a stop, for example I clamp a couple on the end of the bench while cleaning out half blind dovetails, and butt the board against them. They can apply a tremendous amount of pressure

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 05-09-2019 07:24 PM

I find all sorts of uses for them. As said above, when I use them they are the best (and sometimes only) tool for the job.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#4 posted 05-09-2019 07:29 PM

I have about a dozen. They work great for smaller items and I have never had them leave a mark on a work piece. I’ve also used them for fence stops in addition to the uses discussed above. They do take me back to my grade school wood shop days which is a side benefit.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 05-09-2019 07:42 PM

They are not a clamp I use every day, but when I need them it seems like nothing else works as well. One thing I use them for is when I’m working on the edge of a board, I can put 2 of them on the bottom edge and then they act like “feet” to hold the board upright. I can then further clamp them to the bench to prevent the board from sliding. Works better than bench dogs for wide boards. You can also easily modify them for specific tasks like drilling holes in the end of dowels. Just cut a “v” notch on one side of the clamp, then you can hold a dowel vertically on your drill press table.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 05-09-2019 08:17 PM

....clamp them to the bench….

- bondogaposis

This is why I love wooden handscrew clamps. The ability to clamp them to the bench or in a vise allows you to hold things you couldn’t otherwise. They’re like flexible, auxiliary vises.

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#7 posted 05-09-2019 08:21 PM

They are tools. I use them at times for holding smaller pieces while drilling on the press and misc other stuff.

Here’s a random tip sheet for some ideas on usage.

-- -Steven Peck,

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#8 posted 05-09-2019 08:28 PM

I have used larger ones on the table saw for holding taller pieces onto the miter fence. They have a fairly deep throat and it doesn’t hurt the blade if you happen to cut into one of them.

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#9 posted 05-09-2019 08:54 PM

Interesting thanks all. I actually wasn’t expecting a unanimous consensus. I’ll pick up a couple next time Rockler has them for $9.99. Some great uses I never thought of, and that Shop Notes is great, I’ll print that out and stick in my shop binder.

Thanks all!

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#10 posted 05-09-2019 09:00 PM

Get the 12” if it’s not much more than the 10”.

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#11 posted 05-09-2019 10:37 PM

I have a good selection, mostly yard sale and flea market. 6” is the one I use the most, great for bandsaw work.

I find that people want either almost nothing for them, or more than new price.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#12 posted 05-09-2019 11:00 PM

They’re also good for holding dowels, round and small objects at the drill press to be drilled. this is where I use them the most.

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#13 posted 05-10-2019 03:53 AM

Agree with Kenny and others, I don’t use them often but I’m really glad I have them because they are exceptionally handy in some circumstances.

-- Rick M,

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#14 posted 05-10-2019 12:11 PM

Harbor Freight has nice ones from 1/3 to 1/2 the price of Rockler and other ‘wood store” shops. With the discount coupon, I can often buy 2 for the price of 1 elsewhere.

-- "A dying people tolerates the present, rejects the future, and finds its satisfactions in past greatness and half remembered glory" - John Steinbeck

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#15 posted 05-10-2019 12:28 PM

You should read “The Workbench Book” by Scott Landis. There are ALL manner of innovative ways handscrews are used to hold stock shown in this work. They are MUCH more than Uncle Fester’s headache cure, and not just some relic of the past.

-- OleGrump

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