10 Best Hand-Screw Clamps

List Updated May 2020

Bestselling Hand-Screw Clamps in 2020


ATE Pro. USA 30143 Wood Handscrew Clamp, 10"

ATE Pro. USA 30143 Wood Handscrew Clamp, 10
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • This wood hand screw clamp is just the clamp you need for gluing
  • Large handles for comfort and torque
  • Adjustable jaws for a strong grip or delicate for those small projects

Bessey LHS-10 10-Inch Wood Handscrew Clamp

Bessey LHS-10 10-Inch Wood Handscrew Clamp
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • These handsome clamps are made of oiled maple jaws with cold-drawn, carbon steel spindles and swivel nuts
  • Features an acme thread for quick clamping and large handles for comfort and torque
  • Jaw length is 10", clamping capacity is 7" and throat depth is 6"
  • Feature a large diameter spindles for added strength and durability. Spindles and swivel nuts are made from cold drawn, carbon steel.
  • Acme thread for rapid operation and years of hard use.
  • Hardwood handles are over-sized for comfort, extra torque and reinforced with steel ferrules. The spiral pin used to secure the handles to the spindle is easy to remove for repair or replacement.
  • Metal parts are treated to resist rust.
  • The jaws, made from quality hard maple for a lifetime of use, are oiled to resist glue.

Dubuque Clamp Works Made in USA Wood Hand Screw Clamp 10 inch Hard Maple jaw

Dubuque Clamp Works Made in USA Wood Hand Screw Clamp 10 inch Hard Maple jaw
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Last woodworking clamp still made in the USA - superior quality; world competitive price
  • The Dubuque Handscrew is one of the most Versatile clamps you can use
  • The Jaws are made with fine quality American hard maple.
  • Other sizes available from 4 to 14 inches!
  • Jaw length: 10 inches. Clamp opening: 7 inch. Jaw depth 5 inches

Dubuque Clamp Works Made in USA Wood Hand Screw Clamp 14 inch Hard Maple jaw

Dubuque Clamp Works Made in USA Wood Hand Screw Clamp 14 inch Hard Maple jaw
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Last woodworking clamp still made in the USA - superior quality; world competitive price
  • The Dubuque Handscrew is one of the most Versatile clamps you can use
  • The Jaws are made with fine quality American hard maple.
  • Other sizes available from 4 to 14 inches!
  • Jaw length: 14 inches. Clamp opening: 8.75 inch. Jaw depth 7 inches

Dubuque Clamp Works Made in USA Wood Hand Screw Clamp 5 inch Hard Maple jaw

Dubuque Clamp Works Made in USA Wood Hand Screw Clamp 5 inch Hard Maple jaw
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Last woodworking clamp still made in the USA - superior quality; world competitive price
  • The Dubuque Handscrew is one of the most Versatile clamps you can use
  • The Jaws are made with fine quality American hard maple.
  • Other sizes available from 4 to 14 inches!
  • Jaw length: 5 inches. Clamp opening: 2.75 inch. Jaw depth 2.5 inches

Jorgensen Size 4 Hand Screw Clamp

Jorgensen Size 4 Hand Screw Clamp
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • 16-inch screw
  • 12-inch max opening
  • Hard maple jaws
  • Won't mar work
  • Work less likely to slip

Dubuque Clamp Works Made in USA Wood Hand Screw Clamp 4 inch Hard Maple jaw

Dubuque Clamp Works Made in USA Wood Hand Screw Clamp 4 inch Hard Maple jaw
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Last woodworking clamp still made in the USA - superior quality; world competitive price
  • The Dubuque Handscrew is one of the most Versatile clamps you can use
  • The Jaws are made with fine quality American hard maple.
  • Other sizes available from 4 to 14 inches!
  • Jaw length: 4 inches. Clamp opening: 2.25 inch. Jaw depth 2 inches

Dubuque Clamp Works Made in USA Wood Hand Screw Clamp 8 inch Hard Maple jaw

Dubuque Clamp Works Made in USA Wood Hand Screw Clamp 8 inch Hard Maple jaw
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Last woodworking clamp still made in the USA - superior quality; world competitive price
  • The Dubuque Handscrew is one of the most Versatile clamps you can use
  • The Jaws are made with fine quality American hard maple.
  • Other sizes available from 4 to 14 inches!
  • Jaw length: 8 inches. Clamp opening: 5 inch. Jaw depth 4 inches

Bessey HS-6 6-Inch Wood Handscrew Clamp

Bessey HS-6 6-Inch Wood Handscrew Clamp
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • 6" Wood Hand Screw Clamp
  • Adjustable Jaws For A Strong Grip Or Delicate For Those Small Projects
  • Oiled Wooden Jaws Won't Damage Or Slip On Your Work Piece
  • Held Together By Cold-Drawn
  • Carbon-Steel Spindles & Swivel Nuts
  • Feature a large diameter spindles for added strength and durability. Spindles and swivel nuts are made from cold drawn, carbon steel.
  • Acme thread for rapid operation and years of hard use.
  • Hardwood handles are over-sized for comfort, extra torque and reinforced with steel ferrules. The spiral pin used to secure the handles to the spindle is easy to remove for repair or replacement.
  • Metal parts are treated to resist rust.
  • The jaws, made from quality hard maple for a lifetime of use, are oiled to resist glue.

Dubuque Clamp Works Made in USA Wood Hand Screw Clamp 12 inch Hard Maple jaw

Dubuque Clamp Works Made in USA Wood Hand Screw Clamp 12 inch Hard Maple jaw
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Last woodworking clamp still made in the USA - superior quality; world competitive price
  • The Dubuque Handscrew is one of the most Versatile clamps you can use
  • The Jaws are made with fine quality American hard maple.
  • Other sizes available from 4 to 14 inches!
  • Jaw length: 12 inches. Clamp opening: 9.25 inch. Jaw depth 6 inches

How to Maintain and Care for Woodworking Clamps

The clamps commonly used in the wood shop are bar clamps, C clamps and hand screws. All of these clamps have screw spindles that tighten the jaws against the stock.

The bar clamp usually has a spring in the movable jaw to hold it in place after it has been adjusted. Sometimes the spring loses its tension and must be replaced. In such a case, the jaw must be removed so a new spring can be installed. It can be removed by taking out the rivet at the end of the bar. After the new spring has been inserted and the jaw mounted on the bar, replace the rivet to keep the jaw from coming off.

To remove any glue that may adhere to the surface, clean the wooden jaws of hand screws frequently. Glue on the clamping surface may make indentations on the surface of the stock when it is clamped. Apply a coat of boiled linseed oil to the jaws after they have been cleaned. Linseed oil prevents the penetration of glue into the clamp jaws. Do not use lubricating oil because it will not dry and will soak into the stock that is clamped, causing a discoloration.

Occasionally, it is necessary to replace a jaw on a hand screw. The hand screw can be disassembled by driving the pin out of the handles and unscrewing them. The spindles will then screw out of the jaws. In assembling the hand screw, be careful to start the spindles into the jaws at the proper time so the jaws can be closed and will not come off the spindles when they are opened. If it does not work properly, the hand screw should be taken apart and reassembled.

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