Clever Wooden Clamps
Two simple, time-tested clamps hold complex parts for shaping and joinery
Synopsis: Whether you need to hold an oddly shaped part for handwork or you are looking for a safer way to hold a small part for machine work, wooden hand screws and cam clamps are invaluable. Their flat-sided jaws make it easy to clamp them to other surfaces, in a vise, or on a benchtop. Tim Coleman offers a plethora of uses and tips for these versatile workbench helpers. For detailed photographs and extra tips and tricks on using wooden clamps, check out the full article in the PDF below.
I find myself continually reaching for a couple of ordinary clamps to address many unusual holding needs. Whenever I need to hold an odd-shaped part and can’t justify the time to make a dedicated jig, these two simple, versatile tools, the wooden hand-screw clamp and the wooden cam clamp, are invaluable.
My favorite hand-screw clamp has jaws 12 in.…