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Forum topic by MontyJ posted 02-15-2014 01:42 PM 890 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2014 01:42 PM

As a new woodworker I have been doing a lot of reading lately. I’ve built larger projects for the wife, such as a gazebo, cedar yard swing and the like, with pretty good results for the tools I have, which are mostly carpentry tools; circular saw, framing nailers and the like. But that’s not really woodworking; it’s carpentry.

Now that I’m delving into the finer stuff I’ve been hit with a few surprises. I knew the equipment would be expensive, and that’s fine. But…

Show of hands here….How many people have as much money tied up in clamps as they do power equipment? Don’t be shy now. I’ve looked at the pics of a lot of your projects and shops.

-- Pro Libertate!

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#1 posted 02-15-2014 01:53 PM

clamps and tools are not money tied up

they are an investment
in your own learning journey

and like oil in the car

never hurts to get more
(of course eating helps at times too)

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#2 posted 02-15-2014 02:34 PM

What is the sound of one hand clamping?

(or you could just do this):

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#3 posted 02-15-2014 03:10 PM

Bar clamps, pipe clamps, quick clamps, c clamps, F style clamps, spring clamps, corner clamps, hand screw clamps, toggle clamps, band clamps. And, that just scratches the surface. Like router bits, a different one for every unique need. On some projects, you’ll find a need for each type. Very often, you’ll be employing clamps for uses other than gluing. .

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 02-15-2014 03:15 PM

no matter how many you have…it’s four too few.

I ended up with lots of good 3/4” black pipe for clamps from all the demolition on the remodeling projects.
What else can you use them for?

Otherwise, I would’ve bought the upgraded red bar clamps. plus, I’m in to recycling. (BS – he’s cheap).

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#5 posted 02-15-2014 05:14 PM

Just click your heels together three times and repeat after me…




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#6 posted 02-15-2014 05:17 PM

Ha! If you think clamps get expensive, wait till you start trying to equip with hand tools.
I have about $3000 in all my big power tools and at least twice that in hand tools. And I don’t own any “boutique” stuff either. Some classic Stanley, Disston, new Wood River, a couple of Veritas saws.

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#7 posted 02-15-2014 05:21 PM

Clamps are a necessity. Yes they are expensive. But they last a long time. I simply buy a couple every now and then. Don’t take the hit all at once.

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 02-15-2014 05:24 PM

I have a bunch of harbor frieght clamps and been waiting for craigslist to produce some decent bar clamps. If only I really needed a rusty central machinery drill that cost the same as new… Then I’d be set.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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