Tool makers clamp – work in progress

They say that the thing that separates the humans from the animals is the ability to make tools so I’m feeling all human at the moment.

Over the last couple of weekends, I’ve been working on a tool makers clamp, the coin in the image is a 5p (slightly smaller than a USA dime).

I have a few last things to finish:

  • cleaning off a few marks added during the construction process;
  • heat treating the clamps;
  • bluing the clip (not yet mounted on the clamp)

I’ve a bit to read up on with regards the heat processes but I know the general principle. Once I’ve done that I’ll be writing up about the clamps in more detail. The clamp will be used for making the flea circus chariot, I’ve purchased a small display case for the chariot and a coin to form a pedestal for it to be displayed on.

4 thoughts on “Tool makers clamp – work in progress

  1. If you are looking for instructions on how to build such a clamp then you can find some in the Workshop Practice Series book “Making Small Workshop Tools”, that’s where I got my instructions from.

    • Munah says:

      How lovely! My grandfather used old jars in his workshop. He attached the lids to the bottom of an upper cabinet with wood screw, then put various nuts, bolts, screws, nails, etc. by size. Then he just unscrewed the jar to get them out, and screwed it back in to put them away. It also kept the sharp and small objects away from us when we were little and playing nearby.

  2. Priya S says:

    Hi ,
    I have home made clamps available on my workshop . But those clamps need professtional engineer certification to use it on the workshop . Can anyone advise who will be able to certify the clamps.

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