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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 09-21-2012 01:47 PM 2003 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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yellowtruck75

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09-21-2012 01:47 PM

I am looking for 20+ good quality C clamps to use when laminiating back supports and rockers for chairs. Where is the best place to get good quality C clamps that are not super expensive like the ones in welding catalogs? I need clamps around 5” or 6”

Thanks


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casual1carpenter

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#1 posted 09-21-2012 02:03 PM

In his post bent wood jig Russell is likely attacking the same problem I believe. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/41718. I have seen this or similar here and there but Russell’s was the last, lol.
Basically it’s a shaped clamping cull. Additionally you could look to shipwrights use of wedges. Some plywood, trued 2x’s, and some hardwood for wedges would likely make a more than acceptable clamping jigs for low cost if you are doing this repeatedly. The time investment to cut and the build jigs against the high number of quality clamps is something you would have to weigh for your individual needs.

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Bertha

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#2 posted 09-21-2012 02:07 PM

I’ve got a bunch of Besseys.
http://www.amazon.com/Bessey-CDF406-6-Inch-Spindle-Forged/dp/B0006694KA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1348236299&sr=8-3&keywords=bessey+c+clamp
they’ve got cheaper ones:
http://www.amazon.com/Bessey-CM80-8-Inch-4-Inch-Malleable/dp/B0006694J6/ref=sr_1_14?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1348236361&sr=1-14&keywords=bessey+c+clamp
the threads are much thicker than my cheapo Taiwanese, etc ones
The drop forged ones just feel nicer in my hand, look prettier, and I’m pretty petty about that kind of thing:)
Lowes even has the cheaper malleables.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 09-21-2012 05:18 PM

$32 for a 6” C clamp!

You only need 2-3 dozen… may as well buy 4 dozen… what the heck… they’re only $32 each $384/dz! LOL

Sure…. LOL

They can’t be serious… looks like they are… they are just plain dreaming on a different planet!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Bertha

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#4 posted 09-21-2012 06:01 PM

^they got me on it, Joe, so the dream is a reality, apparently;)

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 09-21-2012 06:41 PM

Bertha, you paid $32 for a 6in. C-clamp?! How many did you buy?

What is good about them that are so much better than others?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Bertha

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#6 posted 09-21-2012 07:03 PM

I bought six of the good ones and 12 of the not-so-good ones. They’re not much better than the others, Joe, I’m just a sucker sometimes. I mean, you know how the cheap ones sometimes have a little casting line opposite the screw? These don’t have that. The finish isn’t that thick glossy enamel. The screw is nicer. They just feel like nicer quality.
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Are they worth twice the normal Besseys? No way. Sometimes I’ll buy a tool just because of the way it looks, or how it feels in my hand. I have expensive tools that I’ve never even used, lol. I have a really fancy Fluke meter that I don’t even know how to use. I wasn’t joking when I said I was a sucker:)

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

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Promod1385

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#7 posted 09-21-2012 07:14 PM

Harbor Freight! For what they cost if you have to replace them twice you will still be money ahead versus some of these other clamps being recommended.

$6 per/clamp for the 6” version seems very reasonable to me!

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Cole Tallerman

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#8 posted 09-21-2012 07:53 PM

might be fun: http://woodgears.ca/clamps/index.html

Also, c clamps are such simple tools that even the Harbor Freight ones are good. Just don’t get the quick release ones. They are trash.

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Richard

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#9 posted 09-21-2012 08:08 PM

For that many I would say Harbor Freight also , I have a few of them and I can put dents in hard Oak with them without any trouble so I know they tighten down good.

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Loren

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#10 posted 09-21-2012 08:17 PM

Garrett Wade always has some good clamps and good prices.

I prefer short bar clamps for this sort of gluing. They are faster
to adjust and if you want some leverage you can drill the handles.

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teejk

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#11 posted 09-21-2012 08:51 PM

wow…Menards sells 6” Irwin qwik clamps at $20 for a 4 pack! I rarely use C-clamps anymore because I have to bother with blocks to prevent denting.

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Dan'um Style

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#12 posted 09-21-2012 09:13 PM

mcmaster.com

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#13 posted 09-21-2012 09:31 PM

Try here

I found these $14.99

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#14 posted 09-21-2012 10:11 PM

I’ve got the above mentioned True Value clamps, some Besseys, some Huskys (HD), and some Harbor Freight.
In 4”, 6” and 8”. Total about 48 clamps collected over about 10 years.

There is a huge range of prices represented here and I can say not much difference in quality or function at all.

For the money, I like the HF. If I could find a clamp made in the USA I’d pay up to twice HF price just on general principle. I have mostly Jorgensen F style clamps for that reason.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Bertha

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#15 posted 09-21-2012 10:54 PM

If I could find a clamp made in the USA I’d pay up to twice HF price just on general principle.
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And How.
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I’m with Loren, but I like pipe clamps. I’ve got more black pipes than I have heads, just because I can grab a couple easily when I’m at Lowes (often).
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I have a friend who buys the HF C-clamps, grinds the face opposite the screw flat, and epoxies leather disks on there that he waxes. He’s a better woodworker than I’ll ever be and the price is right.
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I’m not usually a HF fan but there are too many people here that have had good clamp experiences, it’s impossible to ignore.

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

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