How to Make Your Own Woodshop Clamps

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How to Make Your Own Woodshop Clamps
The handscrew clamp also looks elegant in its own right. (A Wooden Wood Working Clamp. image by daseaford from

People who do a lot of woodshop-type work may find themselves clamping two pieces of glued wood together. An ideal tool for this kind of thing is the wooden handscrew clamp. This type of clamp uses two screw handles to keep the wood together, and can be adjusted to any width. These devices can also be made to hold a number of different lengths of wood. One of the nice things about them is that they can be built at home for cheaper than buying one of your own.

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Things you need

  • 2-foot, 2-by-2-inch plank
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Drill and bit set
  • 4 side-threaded pins
  • 2 threaded rods
  • 2 dowels or handle pieces

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  1. 1

    Cut the 2-by-2-inch plank into two 1-foot lengths.

  2. 2

    Measure and mark about halfway along one side of both planks. Mark a circle in the centre with an X. Flip the plank onto its side and make another X in the centre, so that if you were to drill through these holes, they would meet in the centre. Repeat on the other plank.

  3. 3

    Measure and mark the centre of the plank about 1 1/2 inches from the top of the plank. Flip onto the side and repeat, so that they mimic the marks at the centre.

  4. 4

    Select a drill bit wide enough to accommodate one of the threaded pins. Drill through the side X, deep enough that you can place the centre of the threaded side hole into the centre of the plank. Repeat with the other X on this side, then the other plank. Don't insert the pins yet.

  5. 5

    Flip the planks onto the side. Change the drill bit to one wide enough to accommodate the threaded rods and drill through these side X marks so that they pass through threaded pin holes and to the other side of the plank.

  6. 6

    Use the drill bit to widen the hole on both sides vertically. Punch a hole about 1/2 inch above and below, then cut or drill the spaces between the two holes.

  7. 7

    Insert the pins into the corresponding holes. Thread the rods through the pins. Attach the handles to the left side on the upper rod and the right side on the lower rod.

  8. 8

    Mark a sloped side on the side edges of the clamp. Mark from about the middle of the bottom part of the clamp to below the middle rod. Cut the slope out to give it the more traditional look.

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