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Forum topic by LucasWoods posted 11-03-2014 09:46 PM 955 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LucasWoods

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11-03-2014 09:46 PM

So I have been swatching for some bar clamps and finally got the money to get what I need. Here is the best price I have found so far.

Jorgensen 3724 – 24” Bar Clamp—- $10.95 ea.

Shipping: $11.95

I am looking to order 6. As this is how many I expect to use for my first project (making my first workbench)

Will use this clamps for glueing up my workbench top which will be 24”w x 60” long.

I just want to make sure this is a good type of clamp to purchase as my first set and the price looks to be good. Other sites had the same model clamp for $5 more each.

-- Colorado Springs, CO


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SuperCubber

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#1 posted 11-03-2014 10:00 PM

I can’t speak to those specific clamps, but one thing to check out is the actual clamping capacity of those clamps. Some clamps listed as 24” are 24” in total length, not clamping capacity. Again, may not be a factor with those clamps, but I’m sure someone else here will know for sure.

Joe

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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LucasWoods

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#2 posted 11-03-2014 10:04 PM

Ok thank you. I will look into it I think it stated they have 600lb clamping force

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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firefighterontheside

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#3 posted 11-03-2014 10:10 PM

If you want your bench top to be exactly 24” and the clamps open to exactly 24”, you may not be able to fit the clamps on. The glue will take up some space before it is squeezed out. You may want to get bigger clamps or make your bench smaller. Myself I prefer pipe clamps for large glue ups. 3/4” pipe and these type clamps. Buy whatever length pipe you need.
http://t.homedepot.com/s/Pipe%20clamp?searchtype=text

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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bondogaposis

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#4 posted 11-03-2014 10:21 PM

I have a lot of those clamps and they are my most used clamp. However, they are pretty wimpy for heavy duty work like a bench glue up. Parallel jaw clamps or pipe clamps would be more suited to a bench glue up.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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LucasWoods

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#5 posted 11-03-2014 10:24 PM

Ok so I am going to need to do some looking around on where to get these for the best price. Thank you all for the input. And I have seen everyone seems to love Bessey pipe clamps

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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Rayne

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#6 posted 11-03-2014 11:08 PM

I like my Bessey Bar (F-style) Clamps from HD. Many stores still carry the 4-pack (2 – 2’ and 2 – 1’) for $20. Some stores may sell them lower (got 2 packs of these for $13 ea at one point). My 2 cents.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/BESSEY-Clutch-Clamp-Set-4-Piece-GSCC4PK/205086977

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changeoffocus

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#7 posted 11-03-2014 11:56 PM

I took note of your shipping cost , I hope that is for 10 units.
You got good input on choices so I can’t offer much in that area.
For what it’s worth I used all thread rod, through bolted on my bench.
Good luck on you build.

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LucasWoods

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#8 posted 11-04-2014 12:00 AM

Would 1000lb load limit be good for a 24×60 workbench? If I had 6 clamps?

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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LucasWoods

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#9 posted 11-04-2014 12:23 AM

https://www.grizzly.com/products/30-Jorgensen-Heavy-Duty/H5314

Would 6 of these be good for a 24×60 workbench top glue up?

Type of lumber I would be using would prob be SYP, or something else I can get from the local hardware store

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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firefighterontheside

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#10 posted 11-04-2014 12:55 AM

Yes, those would work. 6000lbs of clamping force.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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RobS888

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#11 posted 11-04-2014 01:04 AM

They will work fine, I bought some 50” jet clamps like that on sale at woodcraft several years back and used them a lot, but 2 years ago, on Black Friday I bought 8 jet parallel clamps at 50% off. Since then I hardly ever use the bar clamps. I bought 4 24” and 4 60” parallel clamps for $180 I think. Just letting you know in case you want some better clamps.

Edit: the jet parallel clamps pulled some old shelves off the wall in my garage, I didn’t realize how much they all weighed. I took one clamp off and the top shelf came away from the wall and then the second shelf and then the third shelf, landed on the table saw and out feed table.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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Nubsnstubs

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#12 posted 11-04-2014 01:06 AM

You’d better get 7 of any clamp you settle on. Most of us here can always remember when we needed that extra clamp….... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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LucasWoods

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#13 posted 11-04-2014 03:19 AM

Actually i did settle on 7 haha

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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