Need to get a grip? Don't let clamping be a hassle, try this reader-submitted tip.

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Groove Clamp

The smooth, varnished wooden handles on bar clamps look slick. But they're too slick to grab tightly when you screw down to create serious clamping pressure. To get a better grip, I carve grooves along the length of the handles with a motorized rotary tool and a ball cutter. A few grooves spaced around a handle makes clamping (and unclamping) lots easier.

- Ian Ross, Smiths Falls, Ont.