Build the screw clamp yourself - is that possible?

Tools are best bought at the hardware store. With the services that the tool itself has to fulfill for simple tasks, it is almost impossible to get the appropriate tool quality with home-made tactics. How to build for many simple purposes but still a pretty viable wooden clamp, we explain here.


Basically, one can already produce a quite useful fixing clamp with the help of wooden parts and a threaded rod. For use under great pressure, this vise is not made. In any case, it only withstands minor loads.

One advantage can be that you can build a clamp to such an extent that wooden parts can be pressed together over their entire length (for example, to fix wood during gluing). Such special dimensions are usually not found in screw clamps in the trade - so self-production would have an advantage here.


The durability of self-made screw clamps can be described as "low" - even with very careful use. On a long life even made of wood screw clamps should not be hoped better.

For this reason, the question arises whether one actually makes the effort of self-construction.

Basic steps for making a self-aligning screw

    • Multiplex plates
    • Threaded rod
    • Wooden handle (round piece of wood)
    • Fixing screw for the spindle
    • Hardboard
    • Fastening nuts
    • Glue
    • Jigsaw or scroll saw
    • Router

1. Make rail and fixed bracket

The parts for The rail and arm are first cut out of the multiplex board. The fixed bracket must then be connected to the rail. With hardboard strips and glue, the two parts are firmly connected. Allow to dry and glue to dry. Grooves are milled into the rail at regular intervals (pointing inwards)

2. Establish clamping arm auss Saw out clamping arm and counter bearing. The tensioning arm must have a nose which engages in the grooves of the rail. Glue clamping arm and trapezoidal abutment, allow to dry. Then drill holes for the nuts and hammer in the nuts.

3. Connect spindle with handle

Connect the threaded rod with a piece of roundwood. For this purpose, a thread must be made suitable in round wood, in which the threaded rod is screwed. The wooden part then serves as a handle.

4. Attach and finish the printing plate

Now you can attach the printing plate and put it all together.

Tips & TricksIn most cases, the high cost of time and material for the low durability is hardly worthwhile, but also tinkering is sometimes fun.

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