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yellowtruck75

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05-04-2011 02:57 PM

I am in the market for some new clamps to do a bunch of cutting boards. I currently am using 36” Jet Parrell clamps which work nice but its hard to get the clamping pressure with the straight handle. They also tend to bind up due when glue gets on the bar. I am looking to make several boards in the next few months for an Art show coming up. What good quality clamps does everyone use for cutting boards (face and end grain)?

Thanks
YT


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Bertha

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#1 posted 05-04-2011 03:01 PM

How much money you got? :) The big Bessey K-bodies are really nice but for massive clamping pressure, I like the big Bessey pipe clamps. Lowes has them for $20 or so, even cheaper on Amazon, etc. The 1/2 inch varieties tend to bow out of parallel but the 3/4” can really bring the pressure. For lighter needs, Harbor freight has some amazingly cheap squeeze clamps that are of surprisingly good quality. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 05-04-2011 03:03 PM

I also love my Besseys… just be sure to protect the bars with duct tape against the glue. First time I did not do it effectively and BOY did I regret it.

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#3 posted 05-04-2011 03:13 PM

Right now I am not worried about money because I want to be able to weigh my options for quality clamps that will last. I like the Bessey clamps but they are like my Jet clamps in the the handle is straight and you can only get so much clamping pressure before your forearms are on fire :)

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#4 posted 05-04-2011 03:23 PM

Very true, truck. I’d invest in the big Bessey pipe clamps if I were you. You won’t find a lack of clamping pressure and the wide handle won’t burn your forearms. I’m a big JET guy, love JET, but their parallels are just a copy of the K-bodies. They’re nice clamps and I wish I owned a dozen, but no match for pipe clamps when it comes to pressure. If you hate your pipe clamps, I’ll buy them from you! :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 05-04-2011 03:26 PM

Oh I don’t hate pipe clamps, actually I only have a few because I use the Jet clamps more often. I was just wondering if there was a better option to go with for cutting boards. I might just get a variety of 3/4” pipe clamps around 36” so that they will lay on my bench.

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yellowtruck75

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#6 posted 05-04-2011 03:30 PM

I think I might go with the Jorgensen “Pony” Pipe Clamp, 3/4” or Bessey H-Series Pipe Clamp Fixture, 3/4”

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2005440/16062/Jorgensen-Pony-Pipe-Clamp-34.aspx

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2020169/19674/Bessey-HSeries-Pipe-Clamp-Fixture-34.aspx

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#7 posted 05-04-2011 04:05 PM

Yep, the 3/4” H-style Besseys are what I like. You can apply monster pressure with those bad boys. I’ve got a few Ponys and I think they’re equivalent. I must just like the red paint:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 05-04-2011 04:12 PM

I use pipe clamps in most everything I do. The Pony clamps are the best I have. Not saying there are not better clamps but there are clamps that are not as good. The copies bind worse and bow worse. They don’t hold the tolerances in the castings that Pony uses. I have many HF clamps that are Chinese knock offs of the Pony and they are not the same. I will continues to use what I have but the BEST are Pony for pipe clamps. My opinion….You do under that opinions are like belly buttons….everyone has one.

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Bertha

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#9 posted 05-04-2011 04:13 PM

There you have it, pipe clamps rule!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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RetiredCoastie

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#10 posted 05-04-2011 04:25 PM

For clamping when you need the jaws of a clamp to remain parallel to one another the Bessy’s cant be beat. Pipe clamps have a tendency to bend thus taking the jaws out of parallel. If you can hold out until the Wood show comes to your area you can usually get a great deal when you purchase a package of four.

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#11 posted 05-04-2011 04:44 PM

The very best clamps for gluing up boards are these – -

http://www.shopsmith.com/ownersite/catalog/mvclamp_doublebar.htm

They put pressure on all 4 sides to keep the boards properly aligned.

They are expensive but there are places where you can buy just the hardware to make your own.

I’m also a fan of these clamps. You need to supply your own wood.

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=31181&cat=1,43838,47843&ap=1

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#12 posted 05-04-2011 05:03 PM

You could try these,, http://www.amazon.com/Plano-PC-2-43-Inch-Vertical-Clamps/dp/B00002244G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1304521288&sr=8-1

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#13 posted 05-04-2011 05:09 PM

Sorry I have to Say ” forearms on fire” You should not be clamping for that much Pressure, Are you sure you don’t need a jointer ?

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#14 posted 05-04-2011 05:19 PM

those veritas panel clamps are nice! That’s the first time I’m seeing those!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 05-04-2011 07:20 PM

Cr1’s the man. Truth spoken. A rack of Bessey’s is definitely rockstar but I couldn’t agree more with his sentiments. I’ve got money but I buy cheap clamps. I’ve never had a 3/4 inch black iron pipe or pipe clamp break but I’ve sure destroyed some expensive grip clamps. Waxed cawls are things of legend. I’ve got some ugly worm-riddled hemlock cawls that have been with me for years. Slathered in Kiwi natural shoe polish, no less.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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