Why buy it when you can build it? That’s my motto.
Every woodworker is going to need clamps. I knew I would need some for my bench… especially when gluing up the top. Speed clamps and pipe clamps are great if you can afford them, but everywhere I read I see you can’t have too many clamps…
Well until Angelina Jolie decides to adopt me too, I’m going to have to do it another way.
I found an article in an old Popular Mechanics magazine showing how to build your own, so I borrowed from it and added a little of my own and came up with this.
The concept is simple. Using pieces of a 2×4 and a couple dowels, you can make a clamp that should hold just about anything. I wanted a simple design that could be adjusted to fit the project size – like pipe clamps – so I designed the end pieces to be removable. I figured by making at least 4 sets of end pieces, I could then have just about any length I would need by cutting a few center pieces to standard lengths, and then drop them into the end pieces as needed. The ends are held in place when clamping by the third, upper dowel.
The wedge end has the same measurements as its opposite with the additional 8 deg. bevel.