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10-08-2014 09:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: clamps clamp

I going to buy some new clamps I have some quick grip style clamps a few C clamps and some squeeze clamps;I don’t build highboys or large furniture.So my question to you is what is your go to clamp style and size,what is the one you use the most.F style,bar,C,etc. and size 12,18,24,36,etc. trying to figure which I will be glad i got.
Also any sources for low priced clamps?I know about box stores,ebay,and craigslist.


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#1 posted 10-08-2014 09:40 PM

I started with Bessey H style pipe clamps, and they are still my favorite for many tasks. They do an excellent job of keeping panels flat during glueup. Then you will need some clamps that have a longer reach on the jaw. For that I use Bessey K body Revo clamps. They are a little pricy, but worth the money in the end.

I avoid F style clamps because they are usually flimsy with small handles, although there are some exceptions.

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Loren

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#2 posted 10-08-2014 09:56 PM

If I were buying new clamps I might consider these:

http://www.harborfreight.com/36-in-aluminum-bar-clamp-60539.html

They aren’t too heavy nor too pricey. Adequate
for a lot of work I think. I don’t own any. I have
a lot of heavier bar clamps in different styles and
believe me, the weight is an encumbrance much
of the time as most work doesn’t require really
heavy clamping pressure.

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Richard

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#3 posted 10-08-2014 10:11 PM


If I were buying new clamps I might consider these:

http://www.harborfreight.com/36-in-aluminum-bar-clamp-60539.html

They aren t too heavy nor too pricey. Adequate
for a lot of work I think. I don t own any. I have
a lot of heavier bar clamps in different styles and
believe me, the weight is an encumbrance much
of the time as most work doesn t require really
heavy clamping pressure.

- Loren

Your right abot the clamping pressue , I see clamps that say they give 600 Lbs. or more pressure but I really can’t think of a time in woodworking that you are going to need that much pressure. I mean really do you even need 100 Lbs. of clamping pressure. As long as the clamp will stay straight and not warp it should be good .

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waho6o9

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#4 posted 10-08-2014 10:15 PM

A little spendy but effective and strong as heck.

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#5 posted 10-08-2014 10:19 PM

12 inch parallel clamps get the most use in my shop, along with the 6 inch f clamps from Harbor Freight. I must have 20 of those. So handy and cheap.

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HillbillyShooter

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#6 posted 10-08-2014 10:32 PM

12” K body Bessey and 1”or 2” Pony spring clamps depending on what the job is and what is required..

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#7 posted 10-08-2014 10:51 PM

I probably use my Bessey 20” F clamps the most. They’re totally beefy and great for most things that don’t include gluing panels or larger table base assemblies.

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#8 posted 10-08-2014 11:53 PM

I have and love my Bessey K body clamps. I got about 25 of them used for a great price many years ago. However, if I were buying clamps now, I would go with these. They are light and the price is quite reasonable IMO. Re the size, it depends on the work you want to do. I find that I use 24 and 36” most frequently.

-- Art

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Bill White

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#9 posted 10-09-2014 12:08 AM

I just bought 4 of the Irwin clamps that Wahoo posted.
Have not put ‘em to work yet, but they seem to be adequate.
Bill

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Woodmaster1

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#10 posted 10-09-2014 12:29 AM

I use pipe clamps because the pipe is free. Use a little wax paper and your good to go.

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#11 posted 10-09-2014 01:35 AM

I’ve probably grown my clamp collection by 4x in the last year (much to my wife’s dismay), and find that these are the ones that I use all the time.

Go-to depends on the project. I find that I mostly reach for…
  1. 24” parallel clamps (mix of Jet, Bessey, and Peachtree). I have plenty sizes (24” – 60”) but most of my projects fall within that size range.
  2. 6”-12” F-style clamps make up at least half of my clamp collection. I find that regardless of the application, they make their way into my projects at some point or another. My collection is mostly HF clamps that have been badly abused when I didn’t know any better (cranking down on clamps does not make up for poor milling and joinery). Gradually replacing them with better ones.
  3. 12” Irwin Quick Grip XPs, depending on the clamping application. I find that they are generally too awkward to use stand alone so I usually I use my parallel clamps for the initial glue-up, then switch over to these if the clamp up is under 12”, so that I can free up my parallel clamps for the next clamp up.

My pipe clamps sit around unused since I went a little crazy collecting parallel clamps during sales this past year. I will likely be using them as a cheap vise solution when I build a workbench. I do have many other clamps (wooden hand screw, corner clamps) that all have their place and use, but those are more for special purposes and don’t find their way into every project.

-- paxorion

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#12 posted 10-09-2014 01:44 AM

I have a lot of clamps, and I use Jorgenson F-clamps far more than any other clamp in my shop. Like these.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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CharlesA

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#13 posted 10-09-2014 01:52 AM

For assembling furniture, my favorite clamps, without a doubt, are Jet Parallel Clamps. I end up using the 24” ones the most, but have some longer ones as well (I also have Bessey and Peachtree Bessey copycat clamps. I only buy the Jets during their annual December 1/2 price sale. Otherwise, I think the Peachtrees are the best value).

I have several Bessey Pipe Clamps that I generally save for long clamping jobs. Right now I have the aprons and legs of a desk clamped up with 50” pipe clamps.

I have Irwin Quick Grip Clamps that I use obsessively, almost every day, for all kinds of non furniture related clamping. I find them very handy.

My least favorite clamps are F-style clamps. I have several and tend to use them only when I have run out of other options.

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timbertailor

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#14 posted 10-09-2014 02:23 AM


I have and love my Bessey K body clamps. I got about 25 of them used for a great price many years ago. However, if I were buying clamps now, I would go with these. They are light and the price is quite reasonable IMO. Re the size, it depends on the work you want to do. I find that I use 24 and 36” most frequently.

- AandCstyle

I like these. The heads do not appear to be riveted on like the HF ones (the pins work loose over time). Also made in America. I like that too.

I only wish they made a 50 or 52”. Being exactly 48” is the problem I have with the HF ones I have now. Just an inch too short to be fully useful.

Thanks for the link.

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timbertailor

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#15 posted 10-09-2014 02:25 AM



I have a lot of clamps, and I use Jorgenson F-clamps far more than any other clamp in my shop. Like these.

- bondogaposis

I have several of these and use them alot, as well. I recently found some similar ones while at HF and they seem to be built a little heavier and are half the price.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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