Benchtop Work Holding - Handscrew Clamp Modification

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Blog entry by nashley posted 01-20-2015 12:38 AM 1588 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This will be my first post on lumberjocks so I thought I would start with something simple.

I’m in the process of gearing up to make a set of dining chairs and was looking for a way to secure work to the top of my bench. I drilled some thru holes in the top of my bench that will allow the clamps to be oriented towards the front or towards the side. I’ve seen bar and pipe clamps used this way but I don’t think I’ve seen handscrew clamps used this way. The bottom jaw of the clamps had to be trimmed to clear the bench apron so that the clamps could be used right up to the front edge of the bench. In order to make it easier to tighten the clamp, one screw can be flipped by drilling out the handle pin, flipping the screw and replacing the handle. A nail can be used to replace the pin that was drilled out. I simply clipped the nail about 1/16” longer than diameter of handle and flattened the end of the nail to prevent it from falling out.

-- Nathan

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#1 posted 01-20-2015 01:09 AM

Pretty smart idea. Well done. Thanks for sharing and keep it up!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 01-21-2015 06:57 PM

Thanks, Dave!

-- Nathan

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