I often use a C-clamp when setting up a tool. But sometimes the sliding 
        bar, used to tighten the clamp, gets in the way.
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C-Clamp Handle

I often use a C-clamp when setting up a tool. But sometimes the sliding bar, used to tighten the clamp, gets in the way. Before each turn, I have to slide the bar all the way to the opposite side. It's a pain.

To solve the problem, I cut both ends off the sliding bar and attached a wood handle to the remaining "stub." Now I can tighten the clamp with a few quick turns (See photo).

As shown in the drawing, the handle is just a dowel with a hole drilled in the end to accept the head of the threaded screw. I also cut a notch in the handle to fit the stub.

After shaping the handle for a comfortable grip, a bit of epoxy is all that's needed to secure it to the clamp. But first, wrap the handle with tape to keep the epoxy from leaking.

Have a nice weekend,

Phillip Huber
Online Editor, ShopNotes


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