DIY

Wooden Clamps

article image
Photo courtesy MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

Sometimes you need a way to clamp thick books or magazines
open to review recipes or other material while reading or
copying. Pianists and other musicians may find clamps
useful for holding flimsy song sheets in place on a music
rack, and dozens of other household chores, such as gluing,
sewing and carpentry work, call for light clamping. At a
garage sale recently, I found an ideal solution.

Large wooden clamps made of scrap wood, ideally of
3/4-inch-thick pine shelving, can be easily constructed in
just a few minutes’ time with a scroll or saber saw. These
clamps have wide jaws that are closed with rubber bands so
you can control the strength of the clamp by adding or
subtracting rubber bands. The soft jaws of the clamp will
provide a tight grip. A thin strip of rubber may be
cemented in the jaws to keep them from scratching finely
finished surfaces.