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The Harbor Freight Experiment Series #2: Not enough clamps!

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Blog entry by paxorion posted 256 days ago 1000 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Setting ground rules to contain my impulsiveness and inner cheapskate Part 2 of The Harbor Freight Experiment Series series Part 3: The long silence... »

For part 2 of my series, I want to share how I tackled the problem of “not enough clamps!” early on in my woodworking adventure. When we a lot of something and at a very cheap price, there’s no better option (according to capitalism) than to outsource it.

The first time I walked into a Harbor Freight, it was actually completely by chance when my wife was at Jo-Ann. I remember looking at the section housing all of the clamps and thought “why in the world would anyone need that many types of clamps?” Looking back, I can chuckle at how naive I was, and wonder “will I fool myself with enough excuses to diversify the types of clamps I have?” So far, I’ve only purchased 4 types of clamps from HF, and 3 out of 4 of them have been very good buys worth recommending. As with all things HF, it’s better to err on the side of caution and refrain from buying them sight unseen.

  • F-Style – The most pervasive of my HF clamp collection
  • Pipe Clamp Fixture – A pleasantly surprising cheapo alternative
  • Clamp Edge Guide – If I related these clamps to my high school grades, I’d say it’s like my Spanish class grades…no compredene…
  • C-clamp – I bought this C-clamp so that I can reclaim a 6” F-style that my wife commandeered to baby-proof our TV stand. I think a picture best describes it’s usefulness…

-- paxorion



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#1 posted 256 days ago

They are hit and miss, just check them closely prior to purchasing them for defects

-- Norman

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