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 the cost of a comparable aluminum bar or steel I-beam clamp. So why not turn what would be an ordinary purchase into a fun shop project?
You can make these clamps in any length; the ones shown here have a
49-in. capacity. I made my clamps out of hickory, a dense, stiff
hardwood that’s often used for tool handles. Hard maple, white oak or
ash would also be a good choice. I recommend making these clamps in multiples—then building them is efficient, and you’ll have plenty to use.
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