12" Parallel Clamps - Useful or pass and get 24" clamps?

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Forum topic by paxorion posted 12-13-2013 03:39 AM 1424 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-13-2013 03:39 AM

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The recent Jet clamp sale has begun the parallel clamp addiction of my woodworking. Before I end up wasting all of my woodworking budget on clamps, I wanted get some advice on the right sizes to invest in. I know that there have been many posts about the right clamp size to get being determined mostly by what you are making. Specifically, I am wondering if 12” parallel clamps are worth getting, or if I should spend the money on 24” clamps given that I want to get into cabinet and furniture making Here is a quick synopsis of what I have experienced and have in mind.

  • Thus far, I have found that in many cases, many of my past projects have involved some degree of edge joining for panels or laminating solid stock for legs, where I’ve used my 6” and 12” F-style/quickgrip clamps. However when it comes time for assembly, my ~24” capacity pipe clamps have been the go-tos, with the 6” and 12” holding cauls for alignment.
  • Planned projects continue to include edge joining and lamination up to ~24” for smaller furniture (step stools), more cutting boards, and also some custom cabinets for my house.
  • Long term are to be able to make all of the furniture for my home and growing kids (oldest is currently 2).

-- paxorion

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#1 posted 12-13-2013 03:42 AM

I have a pair of 12” K-body clamps and while I don’t want to
give them up, I would recommend you invest in 24” and
larger parallel jaw clamps first. While the extra weight and
bar length of 24-30” clamps is an annoyance sometimes,
they make up for it with their versatility.

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#2 posted 12-13-2013 03:59 AM

I agree with Loren, go for the bigger parallel clamps first. I’ve also got some 12” k-body clamps and I like them fine enough but honestly, in that size, unless I really need the clamping pressure, I prefer these due to the much lighter weight.

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#3 posted 12-13-2013 04:23 AM

I had the same dilemma during the Jet clamp sale. I already owned 4 -24” Bessy Revo K Bodies and liked the look of the Jets, but they were always more expensive. When the sale hit, I had to make the tough choices. I new I wanted to start getting some larger ones, so I bought 2 – 40” clamps. I also ordered 2 – 24” ones, bringing my total to 6 – 24”s. Then my dilemma, 2 more 24”s or a couple of 12”’s. I got a couple of 12”s. I figured they would be good for smaller clamp ups, but time will tell. Not sure how many more I will buy, I need bigger ones more, I think. I want to build Arts and Crafts furniture, so larger ones seem necessary. So for $160 I got six more clamps. I just couldn’t pass up on the sale and wish I could have bought more.

As a side note, now that I actually have the Jets I always wanted, I kind of think I like the Bessey Revo K Bodies better. This is on looks alone, I have not used the Jets, yet. The trigger release and ruler on the Jets seems cool, but I like the looks of the build of the Bessey’s better. So I am not sure which system I will continue investing in. Most likely what ever the best sale is on.

-- Paul, Brooklyn Park, MD.

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#4 posted 12-13-2013 04:40 AM

I’d also go with the 24” clamps before buying 12” ones.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#5 posted 12-13-2013 01:32 PM

Where are they on sale?


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#6 posted 12-13-2013 02:06 PM

On Black Friday, 50% off. Sale is over now.

I had 2×24” and 4×40” Revo Ks, and wanted more long ones for larger glue ups. I know I would use the 40s and 24s a lot more, but when you need the length, you need it. So I got 4×60” at $40 each. Lotta clamp! Heavy sucker. I did a workshop cabinet glue up with them a couple of days ago and used that length, oh yeah!.

So, even though I know I’m gonna struggle with those really long bars on much smaller glue ups, when I need the length, I’ve got it.

I’m not sure yet which I like better – Revo K or Jet. Haven’t lived with the Jet’s long enough yet.

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#7 posted 12-13-2013 02:35 PM

My 12’s get as much use as the 24’s…I recently cut down 2 of my 24’s to 12” so I now have 6 of them. That said, if I was building the collection, I would start with the 24’s, but it really depends on what you fins your self making the most. Cabinet type work, the 24’s, small boxes/humidifiers, etc. the 12’s.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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