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

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by paxorion posted 12-15-2013 08:10 PM 1665 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

1 comment so far

View NormG's profile


6156 posts in 3033 days

#1 posted 12-15-2013 10:19 PM

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

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics