Choosing the RIght Woodworking Clamps for Alignment and Glue-Ups in the Workshop
posted on April 1, 2009 by Sandor Nagyszalanczy
Using a variety of clamps in the workshop Different clamps provide different capabilities so having a wide variety of them in your shop can really open up your options in the shop.

In the workshop, clamps keep things together: parts held firmly on a bench during sanding or chiseling; plywood pieces kept in alignment as screws or nails are driven; boards pressed together as they’re glued into a wide panel. But just like tools, there’s no single clamp that’s right for every woodworking task. This article surveys the entire range of clamps and accessories, to help you decide which are best for your woodworking projects.

Pipe Clamps
Crank-handle Bar Clamps
Handscrew-tightened Bar Clamps
Parallel-head Bar Clamps
Band Clamps
Edge and Installation Clamps
Bench and V-Clamps
Clamping Support Blocks, Pads and Alignment Devices

Options for workshop clamping Clamps come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, but you won't likely need as many as our author has, but a good selection will really help your work.

Pro Tip:

Keep all your metal clamps corrosion-free by spraying the bare surfaces with a rust-preventative spray, like Boeshield T-9. Spray all clamp screws with WD-40 or other light lubricant to keep them turning smoothly.

One hand operated clamps Several models of modern clamps offer full operation with one hand, adjusting the tightness just by squeezing the grip.

Pro Tip:

To leave room for clamping blocks or pads, buy clamps that are at least a couple of inches longer than the size of the biggest workpieces you’re likely to clamp.

posted on April 1, 2009 by Sandor Nagyszalanczy
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