2014 was quite the year for clamps. Throughout the year, I took advantage of various sales (purges) and amassed enough clamps to triple my supply. As a result, my basement is sprawling with clamps. Each time I tried to get any tool out to use, I had to first move a ton of clamps to make way. And every time I wondered, “should I get rid of some of my HF F-style clamps”? That is, should I bestow them on a friend who I managed to pass along the woodworking bug to?
Well today, I am glad I didn’t (yet). I started a new project today, building my wife some simple storage crates and had to edge glue a lot of boards. Working with big box store furring strips (the cheapest 1×4 material I could find) was a challenge, and every glue-up used 6 clamps (2 for the edge glue-up and 4 to account for twist in the edge glue-up). When I ran out of clamps half-way through the glue-ups, I went back into the house, and playfully declared “Delay on your project honey. I need more clamps!” (My 3 year old daughter agreed, and my wife smiled and roller her eyes).