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SMALL PARTS HOLDING CLAMP

A small parts holding clamp replaces your fingers for holding small items when cutting them on a band saw, sanding them on a belt sander, drilling or carving them.

There are many variations of small parts holding clamps. Mine are inspired by wood Jorgensen clamps, but use only one tightening screw.

These can be made in any size you desire. Too, there are various ways you can approach some aspects of the construction. I will attempt to point out alternatives as they become relevant.

Those experienced in woodwork probably just need to look at the clamp to see how to go about building it. That said, to build this clamp, you need the parts listed below. All the parts can be had from any decent hardware supply.

1) some scrap plywood or a good hardwood sufficient to make your clamp;

2.1) a toilet T-bolt [for the pivot];

2.2) a 1/4"x20 TPI nut [for the pivot];

2.3) two quarter inch flat washers;

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2.1) a 1/4" x 20 TPI screw [for the pivot];

2.2) a 1/4"x20 TPI nut [for the pivot];

2.3) two quarter inch flat washers;

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2.1) a 1/4" x 20 TPI Allen screw [for the pivot];

2.2) a 1/4"x20 TPI nut [for the pivot];

2.3) two quarter inch flat washers;

or

2.1) a 1/4" x 20 TPI

specialty furniture screw [for the pivot];

2.2) a 1/4"x20 TPI nut [for the pivot];

2.3) two quarter inch flat washers;

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2.1) a 3/8" dowel;

2.2) two number six pan head screws;

2.3) two number six flat washers;

3) a 1/4" x 20 allthread rod;

4.1) two 1/4" x 20 nuts (to double nut (lock) the end from coming loose);

4.2) a 1/4"x20 female knob;

4.3 a 1/4"x20 flat washer;

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4.1) a 1/4" x 20 T-nut;

4.2) a 1/4" x 20 nut;

4.3) a 1/4" x 20 flat washer;

5) 1/4" x 20 TPI female knob;

6) 1/4" x 20 TPI allthread rod

These are quite easy to make and take only a little while. Most the time is spent waiting for the glue to dry. Too, everything you need for them can be found at a hardware supply.

For further details on how to build these, go to:

https://www.instructables.com/id/SMALL-PARTS-HOLDING-CLAMP/
 

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Very cool way to keep your fingers! The curve gives you a little wiggle room the straight Jorgenson clamps don't.
 

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I don't think I have ever made anything small enough to need a clamp of any sort. But if I did, I'd just use vice grips.
 

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Great post Kelly. I lot of people will benefit from this.
 

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Nicely done Kelly.
 

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Never mind just holding small parts Kelly. That design makes a good extended reach clamp too.
 

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Nice job Kelly.
 
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