Australian Woodsmith 19th December 2018

Pain-Free Clamping

It’s tough to beat a bar clamp for convenient clamping. But I’ve found that the ones with a 65mm throat capacity often put your knuckles awfully close to the bar as you tighten the clamp. That can make for some uncomfortable clamping.

HANDLE EXTENSION. Luckily, I found a simple solution that’s made these clamps a bit more user-friendly. A piece of 25mm-dia PVC pipe fits easily over the handle of the clamp with just a few mallet taps. This makes it easy to tighten the clamps with your hand positioned well behind the bar. 

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SAFETY IN THE WORKSHOP Safety devices, such as riving knives, guards on table saws and guards over router bits have been deliberately left out of the line drawings in Australian Woodsmith projects in order to make them easier to follow. It goes without saying that where safety devices have been supplied by the manufacturers you should use them. We encourage the use of push sticks as good work practice.
    Exercise vigilance and the greatest of care when using power tools, whether stationary or portable. Keep all your tools sharp and well maintained. Wear protective eyewear, a dust mask and a hearing protector when appropriate. By limiting distractions and developing safe work practices you will go a long way to avoiding workshop accidents. So, work safe fellow woodworkers.  -Editor
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