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I frequently find myself clamping fences and other fixtures to my table saw, bandsaw, and other machine tables. 

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When I tilt the table on my stationary narrow belt sander for beveled work, the gap in front of the belt grows wider to the point where smaller parts can drop through. 

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When a project requires you to draw a large circle, you don’t necessarily need a trammel. 

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When nailing or screwing together the corners of picture frames or even small boxes, you need a way to hold the parts together for fastening. 

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During a recent project, I realized that I needed a bench hold-down. I’ve seen commercially available toggle-style hold-downs that fit in 3/4"-diameter bench dog holes like mine but wanted the kind of extra strength that a screw clamp can apply. 

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After a couple of shoulder surgeries, I found myself with several hook-and-loop (e.g. Velcro®) straps that had been used to attach various therapeutic supports. I wanted to use them in some way, and realized that they would make great hangers for cords and other such items. 

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I needed a jig to sand some small round disks to an accurate diameter after bandsawing them to rough shape. I cobbled together a quick ‘n’ dirty jig to do the job using my disk sander. 

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A recent project required hand-drilling a lot of 1/4"-diameter holes exactly 5/16" deep. After some thought, I realized that I could make an accurate depth stop from a length of dowel.

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Whenever I have to drill a hole in a cabinet wall or other vertical surface, it’s often important to make sure the hole is square to the surface. 

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I find that quick-grip clamps have lots of other uses besides holding workpieces together. 

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