|Forum topic by HokieMojo||posted 05-22-2008 10:15 PM||1562 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
05-22-2008 10:15 PM
I know that the selection of which clamp to use is very specific to the task at hand, but I’m wondering about some of the varieties. I feel I need to geta few more because my current work process involves working on cutting during the weekend, then doing several glues ups (one face per night) during the week.
Right now I’ve got 4 3/4” pony pipe clamps. These are definitely the best quality ones I’ve got. I have 3 ft and 6 ft pipe lengths (4 of each) so I can switch the clamps between the pipes as needed. I’ve been thinking of buying 2 or 4 more, along with some shorter lengths of pipe, but maybe for shorter clamps bar clamps would be better? These seem kind of pricey and not as versatile.
I just bought 2 24” irwin quick clamps at a going out of business sale. I think these are 12” clamps. They are nice because I can clamp with one hand free. They seem to clamp pretty strong, but no where near my pipe clamps.
I have 2 vise clamps (?) they have 2 threaded scrws going through 2 wooden jaws. They have about an 8” opening. They work ok when trying to clamp things down, but I do need a bench vise for this sometime soon. I got these at big lots for $5 a piece. Hopefully they will last a while longer, but I feel like I push them to their limits anytime a twist them tight.
Finally, I have 4 k clamps (?). They are lbar clamps where the jaws extend out about 2-3 inches? These are about 24” long. they were $5 each at big lots too. They tend to move when tightening and I feel like they flex under stress. They are also harde to tighten because of the odd shape of the handle. I do use them, but they are not my favorite.
Anyway, I guess my question is what do you think the best type of clamp is for gluing up cabinet frames (I think that the pipe clamp is the best of what I’ve got, but I see a lot of people using bar clamps)? Also, are there better clamps for what I’m using mine for? Also, I’d love to hear about any other clamps you guys use that you think are nearly indispensable!