|Forum topic by Greg Guarino||posted 04-07-2014 10:45 AM||702 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
04-07-2014 10:45 AM
I remember that we had handscrews back in shop class in high school, although I’m a little hazy on exactly what we used them for; this would have been in 1973 or so. I do recall that they seemed a little complex to use at first.
I “inherited” a couple of 14” clamps a while back and used them here and there, and when I saw a good deal on some 12” handscrews, I bought a pair. Still, they seemed like specialty items, to be used chiefly when their longer “reach” was necessary.
But over time (not that much time, I’m still a novice), I’ve discovered just how handy they can really be. I think of them now as portable vises. I’m making (very slowly, in my non-existent spare time) a kitchen shelf unit. Yesterday’s task was to glue on some 1×2 oak trim around three sides of the main shelf. It’s big: 94” x 12”.
I would normally have done this with the shelf laying down, probably lifted above the work table on some pieces of scrap. But then I had a better idea:
In this orientation gravity would be on my side for once, at least for the longest piece, and there was plenty of room below the work piece for attaching clamps.
It was very convenient. I’ll bet I’ll need this “system” again sometime.