This woodworkers list of free woodworking plans and projects features a collection of workshop clamps and related jig pieces that any moderately skilled do-it-yourselfer can build. The woodworking information found on these sites range in quantity and quality. Please contact individual web sites if you have questions about those woodworking projects.
The machinists vise in my shop gets a lot of use. Unfortunately, it is not very good at holding round stock. Its jaws tend to gouge wood and soft metals. To solve this problem, I made a set of auxiliary faces for my vise.
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for a 4-corner adjustable wooden frame clamp. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software. Not all drawings have the measurements displayed but you can use the measurement tool in SketchUp to easily and accurately determine the dimensions of each lumber part. Most drawings do not have instructions, its assumed you can build it based on the completed drawing provided.
Recently, I was gluing up some small assemblies and needed a way to hold them together until the glue set up. I soon ran through my collection of small clamps. That is when I came up with the shop-built design you see in the drawing.
This quick-release allows you to rapidly open or close the jaws of the benchtop vise in Issue No. 71. It works just like the quick-release mechanism on a manufactured bench vise. Instead of turning the handle of the vise, all you have to do is flip a lever and slide the rear jaw to where you want it. Then flip the lever back to lock the jaw in position. This supplementary article is available to download in this Online Extra.
At the link you will find 3 DIY clamp racks for your workshop to get you organized. These racks will store spring clamps, parallel clamps and another quick clamp rack. Quick and easy projects that will make a difference in your workshop.
A moxon vise is very handy in the workshop as it clamps on to your workbench allowing you to cut joinery into the ends of your workpieces. The best part is when you finish with it you can remove it and store it out of the way.
The basic construction is simple and consists of only three pieces of scrap wood, glue, a few screws and a ratchet tie down which you can get at any hardware store. You can easily build a clamp out of a few scrap pieces of wood and this clamp can be adjusted.
Like many woodworkers, I do not have a lot of room in my shop. So I try to make the most of the space that I have. Since most of my wall space is already taken up with cabinets and counters, I needed to find a place to store my long pipe clamps. So I turned to the ceiling, as you can see in the photo.
This compact and effective rolling clamp rack is based on the elegant sawhorse design of James Krenov. There are no measurements or layout diagrams in this PDF. Just a copy of the illustrated diagram from a recent publication of Fine Woodworking magazine.
Build your own power wedge bar clamps for your workshop. Not as hard as you would assume. This one has a simple wedge to lock the moving jaw to the smooth bar. It is infinitely adjustable. Just slide it closed and start tightening.
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