Shop-Tested Clamping Tips
Handscrew clamp stands in for vise
I occasionally need an extra bench vise to gain more holding power. For a quick and easy solution, I position and clamp a handscrew clamp along the edge of my bench-top, then drill two 5/16" countersunk holes through the clamp and the benchtop.
Then, I install T-nuts on the underside of the benchtop. Flathead machine screws hold my new "vise" in place. By countersinking the holes on both sides of the clamp, I can flip it over so the jaws open in the opposite direction. With a pair of them mounted, I can clamp long workpieces.
-- Mike Reed, Woodbury, Tenn.
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