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…