# You can never have too many clamps

 Forum topic by William Shelley posted 01-20-2017 01:16 AM 1606 views 0 times favorited 8 replies
 William Shelley587 posts in 1613 days 01-20-2017 01:16 AM I clamped up this, sent a picture to a friend. He told me to use more clamps. Before: After: Did I do it right??? -- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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 MT_Stringer3173 posts in 3375 days #1 posted 01-20-2017 01:20 AM -- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas bbasiaga1240 posts in 2139 days #2 posted 01-20-2017 01:26 AM There is actually a mathematical formula that describes the optimum number of clamps for your shop. Co = Ca + En(Cs) + 1 Where:Co = Optimum number of clampsCa = Current Number of clamps available En(Cs) = Sum of the amount of space available in clamp racks, corners or other storage locations Brian -- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools. woodbutcherbynight5559 posts in 2553 days #3 posted 01-20-2017 03:43 AM There is actually a mathematical formula that describes the optimum number of clamps for your shop. Co = Ca + En(Cs) + 1 Where:Co = Optimum number of clampsCa = Current Number of clamps available En(Cs) = Sum of the amount of space available in clamp racks, corners or other storage locations Brian - bbasiaga Did I mention Mathematics was never my strong point in school? ROFL -- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way. jbay2668 posts in 1043 days #4 posted 01-20-2017 04:37 AM I think you missed a few spots, can I help? Tony_S923 posts in 3227 days #5 posted 01-20-2017 11:07 AM It’s true…..There’s probably near 800 clamps of all descriptions in the shop. I still, on occasion hear “there isn’t enough clamps”. -- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle a1Jim117234 posts in 3721 days #6 posted 01-22-2017 04:05 PM wow J and Tony you guys trump me(excuse that word) I only have 200-300 and can barely find room for them. -- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos wood crafting & woodworking classes Smirak71 posts in 662 days #7 posted 01-22-2017 04:10 PM There is actually a mathematical formula that describes the optimum number of clamps for your shop. Co = Ca + En(Cs) + 1 Where:Co = Optimum number of clampsCa = Current Number of clamps available En(Cs) = Sum of the amount of space available in clamp racks, corners or other storage locations Brian - bbasiaga There’s a much easier mathematical formula (same as my guns formula) Clamps you should own = N+1 where N is the number of clamps you already own. JackDuren388 posts in 1104 days #8 posted 01-22-2017 04:29 PM It’s not having enough, it’s having enough varieties for each application. You need to trade all those F-style clamps for Kreg Automaxx clamps.There not as cheap but will save your wrists.

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