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Grant Davis

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08-31-2015 11:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bessey clamps

This can be looked at in two different ways.

Options #1, I have a clamp collecting problem?

Option #2, a woodworker can never have too many clamps?

I think I will take option #2, yep Option #2 it is!!!!!!

I finally got them off the floor out of buckets and scattered all over the place yesterday as I put my shop back together.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"


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toddbeaulieu

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#1 posted 08-31-2015 12:24 PM

Even my Wife knows the answer to this “question”.

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HokieKen

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#2 posted 08-31-2015 12:32 PM



Even my Wife knows the answer to this “question”.

- toddbeaulieu

My wife came in my shop a couple weeks ago when I had all my clamps on the rack. She asked if I “really” needed all of them (I only have 20 or so). “I said No, I need many more!” She snorted disbelief and left.

So this weekend when I had a torsion box table top and the carcase for a tool stand glued up at the same time I called her down. There was nothing left on the clamp rack but 2 6” bar clamps and a couple of spring clamps.

She said “Why didn’t you just wait until one was dry before you glued the other one?”

So, NO you can NEVER have enough clamps. And, NO my wife will NEVER believe that.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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GrandpaLen

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#3 posted 08-31-2015 04:54 PM

Grant
Nice assortment and storage.

@ Kenny, ...if there was a ‘Like’ button I’d still be clickin’ it. ;-)

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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BurlyBob

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#4 posted 08-31-2015 04:57 PM

Grant, you got a great collection of great clamps. I’ve got my clamps hung on the wall ort of like yours. Sadly, I’m running out of wall space. Be well.

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SirIrb

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#5 posted 08-31-2015 05:12 PM

Even if you have a full glue wheel, having 100 clamps is still not enough. Yes, I have been here. Same with Jointer width. No, its never wide enough.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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moke

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#6 posted 08-31-2015 05:13 PM

Great collection Grant….I am going with Option #2…...I have mine on a clamp cart, which is full and it really only has the F style clamps on it….I have several sets of overhead brackets that hold my Jet and pipe clamps (I am out of wall space) ...so maybe I fit option #1 too!!!
Should we start a support group?
Hi, I’m Mike and I have a clamp purchasing problem…....

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 08-31-2015 05:30 PM

That makes a real nice clamp corner. Congratulations.

However, you will still not have enough clamps. Nobody has enough clamps.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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buildingmonkey

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#8 posted 08-31-2015 06:20 PM

Had to go out and count my clamps. my A frame clamp rack is full, had to build a couple new clamp racks, and my wall space is used up. Total inventory so far, 36 cabinet master parallel clamps, 18 I beam clamps, 37 4 5/8” deep F clamps, 8 hand screw clamps, 10 small f clamps, 20 pipe clamps, 57 C clamps, and just 7 of the squeeze type bar clamps. For a total of 193. No where close to Jim’s 300.

-- Jim from Kansas

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distrbd

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#9 posted 08-31-2015 08:23 PM

Yes you can have enough “C” clamps .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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John

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#10 posted 08-31-2015 11:14 PM

My wife came in my shop a couple weeks ago when I had all my clamps on the rack. She asked if I “really” needed all of them (I only have 20 or so). “I said No, I need many more!” She snorted disbelief and left.

So this weekend when I had a torsion box table top and the carcase for a tool stand glued up at the same time I called her down. There was nothing left on the clamp rack but 2 6” bar clamps and a couple of spring clamps.

She said “Why didn t you just wait until one was dry before you glued the other one?”

So, NO you can NEVER have enough clamps. And, NO my wife will NEVER believe that.

- HokieKen

The proper response is “Do you really need all those shoes?” Guy at work taught me that one.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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alittleoff

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#11 posted 08-31-2015 11:57 PM

I can tell from the picture that you don’t do a lot of wood work. LOL. Seriously I have more that and need a lot more. Every time I turn around I need one more of 12 in. Or 18 in. Or something. You can’t have enough…..
Gerald

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jeffswildwood

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#12 posted 09-01-2015 12:09 AM

Just bought four bar (pipe) clamps at a local flea market. Brand new, $20.00. Compete with pipes.

How can a woodworker tell when he has enough clamps?

Trick question, there is no such thing…..

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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whitebeast88

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#13 posted 09-01-2015 12:51 AM

Great collection of clamps.
Every time I go to home depot I always look at the clamps and debate on picking up a couple.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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PurpLev

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#14 posted 09-01-2015 01:01 AM

nice looking setup.

a word of caution though: heavy clamps, and storage above head level could be a dangerous thing… just be mindful, or if you aren’t – I would recommend lowering the mounting height (don’t ask me or the red stains on the floor how I know…)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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esmthin

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#15 posted 09-01-2015 02:40 AM

I have 4 clamps, is that enough? Lol, I really need more, but I think I’ll wait for the big Bessey sale.

-- Ethan, https://instagram.com/ethan_woodworker/

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