Occasionally, I'll need to sand a small wooden part
			 on a drum or disk sander. But holding onto small parts can be a challenge.
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Small Parts Clamp

Occasionally, I'll need to sand a small wooden part on a drum or disk sander. But holding onto small parts can be a challenge. A pair of pliers could do the job, but I wanted something with a softer grip. So I came up with the small parts clamp shown in the photo.

small parts clamp




The jaws of the clamp are made from a short section of 1 1/4" dowel. The dowel is split down the center and then the two halves are reassembled with a bolt, a wing nut and a few washers that space the "jaws" apart. A wedge inserted at the back of the clamp forces the jaws together.

Start by drilling the bolt hole through the dowel section and then tapering the jaw end with a sander. After cutting the dowel lengthwise on the bandsaw, you can assemble the clamp as shown in the drawing.

small parts clamp


The final part is the small, hardwood wedge used to close the jaws. When you force the wedge in from the back of the clamp, the jaws will bite down firmly on whatever is between them.

small parts clamp




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