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AW Extra 5/8/14 – Clamp Leash

Clamp Leash My spring clamps always seem to be out of reach or scattered around the shop. To solve my problem, I suspended my dog’s old leash over my workbench. Now my spring clamps are always accessible. They’re also easy to transport around the shop so, unlike my dog, they never...

AW Extra 3/13/14 – Pipe Clamp Protectors

Pipe Clamp Protectors Iron pipe clamps can mar a finished surface and leave nasty black stains if they touch a wet glue line. My solution is to raise the pipe above the surface with corrugated-plastic wiring harness covers sold in automotive stores. They come in a variety of sizes and are...

3 Classic Vises made with Pipe Clamps

3 Classic Vises made with Pipe Clamps Increase your bench’s versatility on a budget. By Chad Stanton As a professional woodworker, leaving the comfort of my shop to work on a jobsite is part of the routine. I always take along a portable bench that’s equipped with three inexpensive vises made...

AW Extra 2/6/14 – Vertical Panel Clamping

Vertical Panel Clamping Gluing panels and other large assemblies vertically saves floor space and is easier on your back—you don’t have to carry anything. Make the crossbar from 1/2-in. pipe and attach it securely to the wall. 3/4-in. pipe tees slide along the pipe. Thread the ends of 3/4-in. pipe-clamps into...

Shopmade Handscrews

Shopmade Handscrews Thread your own wooden screws. By Steven Bunn Even though I have a small fortune invested in tools, I always seem to be short of wooden handscrew clamps. But daydreaming about buying ten more of these versatile tools runs smack into the reality that such a purchase requires spending...

Wooden Bar Clamps

Wooden Bar Clamps Shop-made clamps that deliver versatility and performance. By Dave Olson End your clamp shortage once and for all. These wooden clamps are easy to make, a joy to use and they exert plenty of clamping pressure. If you build them with scrap lumber, they cost less than half...

Easy Box Joint Clamping Jig

These clamping jigsĀ are easy to make and you’ll use them constantly. I’ve found that 4-inch and 6-inch jigs fill most of my needs. Each jig consists of two L-shaped 3/4-inch MDF pieces sandwiched between a pair of metal corner mending plates (Stanley). Make sure that the MDF is slightly recessedĀ from the...