Most woodworkers say you can never have enough clamps. I say throw your clamps away and make this DIY panel clamp instead (or at least buy fewer clamps 😉). This DIY melamine clamping panel is a super simple design and can take the place of multiple metal parallel, bar, or f-style clamps in your shop. You can easily make this woodworking panel clamp in an afternoon with basic tools, and it will last for years.

The best part? This panel clamp costs under $20 to make! It uses less than a quarter sheet of melamine, a 16″ length of dowel, and a few small scrap boards.

⏳ Timestamps
0:00 – Introduction
0:11 – Materials
0:30 – Construction of the clamping panel
2:00 – Drilling grid of holes for the clamping panel
3:36 – How to use the clamping panel

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