Easy Handscrews from ‘The Answer at Hand’ – Misplaced Artwork Press

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The next is excerpted from Chapter 4 of “The Answer at Hand: Jigs & Fixtures to Make Benchwork Simpler” by Robert Carrying. The e-book covers a large swath of helpful materials, from constructing workbench home equipment for planing, to creating handscrews (and plenty of different ingenious clamps), some easy instruments that you simply can’t purchase wherever else, to marking gadgets that make advanced duties simpler.

There might be few readers who get pleasure from shopping for cramps. Not like another instruments they don’t make something. However, they’re important. Typically they’re purchased and used as 4 of a dimension. The key disadvan­tage is that good iron G cramps are very costly for what they do, and since 4 are required, that price is multiplied four-fold. Other than the fee, iron G cramps have one other drawback. They will simply harm the work; consequently wooden blocks should be used to stop this. Juggling these whereas the glue units generally is a drawback for the single-handed employee. The G cramp with its swivelling foot can’t give that gentle nip on the very tip as can most of the cramps illustrated later. Although clearly G cramps have very nice power, it needs to be remembered that good joints require solely to be pulled, not crushed collectively.

Easy Handscrew

These instruments are a lot much less frequent than they have been a gener­ation in the past. However they’ve a number of benefits over the rather more quite a few G cramps. They’re lighter in weight, they don’t harm the work and, after all, they are often made. Jaw size can differ guess­ween 12″ (300 mm) and 4″ (100 mm). They’re often sq. in part and are made out of any close-grained hardwood. The screws might be of wooden, if a wooden screw field is out there, or might be of purchased metallic screwed rod. The latter can be of a smaller dimension. The metallic screws might be screwed, glued and even pinned into chisel-type handles and wooden screws might be equally fitted whether it is required to chop out a few of the woodturning. 

It should be harassed that each the threaded holes are in the identical jaw, on this illustration the decrease one. In use the by screw makes the preliminary grip then the second shorter one screws right into a cavity within the higher jaw, thus growing the stress. 

One other Easy Handscrew

This derives immediately from the standard picket handscrew, and from the metalworkers’ “Device­makers’ clamp.” Along with the benefits already acknowledged, the handscrew can grip in a despair or confined area, significantly helpful in restore work. A wide range of sizes is feasible utilizing threads of 5/16″ (8 mm) or 3/8″ (10 mm). The positions of the screw holes in relation to the sizes of block is proven in Fig. 2. 

Put together a bit of dense hardwood for the jaws. This needs to be simply over twice the jaw size and planed to the completed width and thickness. Noticed to supply the 2 jaws and sq. one finish of every by capturing board or disc sander. Cramp them collectively and mark the centre strains for the holes. Separate and sq. the strains onto all 4 faces. On one jaw gauge the centres for the cylindrical nuts. Be aware the positions of those centres. They aren’t central within the jaws. Drill these holes utilizing a sawtooth, dowel or lip and spur bit. The engineers’ twist drill won’t begin precisely sufficient. If that is the one instrument accessible, put by a small pilot drill first. If working completely by hand, bore from either side to make sure squareness and keep away from later twist when the instrument is assembled. 

The holes for the screws are marked centrally on the opposite (prime) face then drilled. Be aware that one gap doesn’t undergo. Noticed and airplane the tapered jaws and spherical off the again nook barely. The wooden jaws, now full, might be handled with linseed oil or given a number of coats of shellac or polyurethane varnish. 

Fig. 2. Easy handscrew advised sizes. These could also be elevated utilizing bigger diameter screwed rod.

Flip or file up two cylindrical nuts barely shorter than the jaw thickness. Drill centrally then faucet for the chosen thread. Reduce the screws to size and clear up the ends. Clear any burr right here by operating on an atypical nut. Make a small metallic pellet and drive this into the blind gap. 

The handles could also be turned or benchmade to a hexagonal kind. They’re finest drilled within the lathe. Grip the handles within the vice and minimize the interior thread utilizing the taper faucet solely. Pressure within the screwed rod, utilizing two locked nuts. Turned handles can now have two flats planed on them. Meeting is sort of easy. Lastly, shut the jaws and trim off any projecting finish. 

In use attempt to hold the jaws parallel. First tighten the centre or clamping screw. Then apply stress with the outer or stress screw. With just a little expertise, the operation is sort of fast. Grip the centre deal with with the left hand and the outer one with the proper. Now clockwise rotation of the proper hand tightens the jaws.

Two Simple Cramps 

The next two cramps, the “Handscrew” and “An Adjustable Cramp,” are each straightforward and low cost to make but are actually helpful cramps to have in regards to the workshop. Moreover, they want neither particular tools nor ability in metalworking. All of the require­ments might be purchased from a superb {hardware} or DIY retailer. The reader is really useful to make these cramps 4 at a time. 

The supplies to be bought for these cramps are lengths of screwed rod, 3/8″ BSW or M10, hexagon nuts and washers to swimsuit and 4″ file handles. 


Fig. 3 carefully follows “One other Easy Handscrew.” Produce the jaws, precisely sq. and to dimension. Having cramped them collectively, mark the outlet centres. First full the highest jaw of the drawing. Ideally utilizing a sawtooth bit or a flatbit, bore the 2 holes for the nuts. These are 5/8″ (16 mm) which is the dimensions throughout the flats of the nut. The depth is barely greater than the nut thickness. On the identical centre, drill by with a 3/8″ wooden drill. Enlarge these through-holes to provide a free match both with a big twist drill or with a spherical file. Utilizing a bit of the screwed rod, a hexagon nut and a large-diameter washer, power a nut into every gap. 

The decrease jaw has one outsized through-hole and one blind gap – the outlet into which a 3/8″ metal pellet is compelled. 

The file handles are finest bored within the lathe. Faucet them 3/8″ (M10) to a depth of 1-1/2″ (40 mm). A faucet appropriate for a restricted use in wooden might be made by submitting 4 tapered flats on a bit of screwed rod after which becoming two lock-nuts, very firmly tightened. With two lock-nuts quickly on every screwed rod, two handles might be compelled on. Meeting is easy. Keep in mind that the scrap screw wants a washer beneath the ferrule.

It’s unlikely that the nuts will work free. If this does occur, completely de-grease and return with a dab of epoxy resin glue. In use, purpose to maintain the jaws parallel for the simplest grip. 

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