I am sure all of us have fallen to the $.89 black and orange plastic, made in china, hand spring clamp purchase. I did at a discount store special one day and bought 10 of the “sturdy looking” 9” clamps. I thought they would make good clamps for holding the strips in my strip canoe while the glue drys. Well I am ready to start the strip built canoe project and 6 of the 10 are broken. Nothing I did that I see. They just snap at any time sending the pieces across the shop. Not being one to throw anything “good” away I took the spring and bolt out of them and put them a side for some other project. Then it hit me. Build good quality hardwood clamps. Using the springs and bolt. Not only can you expect years of life from the new clamps, you can make them to suit your needs. Longer with deeper cut outs, small and strong, your imagination and needs make them a good addition to your shop. I had a few pieces of exotic hardwood flooring and made some beautiful looking clamps too. I wonder if you could even buy the spring and bolt for under the dollar price of the plastic ones. I think I will stop by the bargain store next time I am out that way and buy the larger $1.29 size and just tear them apart to make some QUALITY spring clamps.
-- A childs smile is payment enough.