“A woodworker should not have too many clamps,” which is a common saying in the workshop. If it is accurate or even not, it still pays to knowledgeably plan your purchases and appreciate this way of the woodworking tool.
Although we will also include in the discussion other alternatives that are favored by many woodworkers, the parallel bar clamp is the overall best type of bar clamp for assembly work.
Parallel clamps automatically adjust square to the bar with their clamping faces parallel to each other, which employ two large rectangular heads, one fixed at the end of the bar and the other moveable.
The slight advantage of accurately directing clamping force has had by these clamps. Simultaneously, in general, good ones are actually refined, accurate tools may seem like reasonably coarse tools. When the assembly must be, there is no going back once the glue starts to set, and this is important during the crunch time of paste-up. Skillfully tweaking the position and force of high-quality parallel clamps can help make critical alignments easy.
An Option In Bar Clamps With Economical
A sizable set of top suitable parallel clamps is costly, but there is a severe problem in constructing a tool kit: you’ll soon need a relatively large number of clamps. The universal pipe clamp is an alternative with low-cost.
Pipe clamps can be attached to any length of iron pipe to create a clamp instantly which consist of a pair of heads that. Black iron pipe is readily available at home centers in heights up to 10 feet. 3/4″ tubing with correspondingly sized clamp heads will make a much sturdier clamp than 1/2″ tubing, or a neater alternative galvanized thing.
Our suggestion for novice woodworkers is to buy as your commitment increases, upgrade to some parallel clamps, starting with a few 24″ measures to, then buy lengths of pipe as needed for specific projects later and start by getting several pairs of pipe clamp heads. The quality of these, particularly in smaller work that often requires more precision, which will be welcome. After that, add some 48″/50″ for the parallel clamps. Because long pipes are relatively inexpensive, the pipe clamp heads will remain very useful when longer clamps are required.
While the cost of a 48″ or 50″ woodworking clamp is about $60, the averages about $45 cost of a 24″-long parallel clamp by Bessey, Jet or Jorgensen,, and so on and upward for more extended woodworking clamps. In contrast, a pair of 3/4″ pipe clamp heads costs only about $19 including pads. Add a few dollars for galvanized pipe and the 24″ pipe will be just about $9, 48″ is $12, 72″ is $16.
It is not hard to see the economy of pipe clamps, especially considering that the lengths of pipe can be quickly and easily transferred among different clamp heads. Versions with a broad stand-up base, such as those by Rockler, are more stable.
Consider three general categories of assemblies when planning your clamp buying. First are case assemblies, such as a dovetailed blanket chest. Second, are the edge-to-edge joints used to glue up boards to make? Third, are more large panels.
Bar Clamps With More Option
Aluminum bar clamps, dramatically Dubuque Clamp Works “Universal” variety, are cost about half as much as parallel clamps of the same length, and it is also a high-quality lightweight alternative to steel clamps. They are ideal for small to medium drawers, doors, boxes, and the like, and pleasantly easy to wield. Still, we still love the versatility and beefiness of steel clamps. In other cases, they may be all you need for your work.
The discussion of woodworking clamps would be not complete without mentioning these excellent tools. Because they can provide versatile, dependable and the jaws are wooden, woodworkers like them.
The range of a handscrew is rectangular in cross-section so the jaws can close parallel or at an angle to each other. Moreover, the clamp itself can be easily held in a vise or accept the jaws of other clamps.
All in all, we ensure that they will solve a clamping puzzle that no other clamp can. An excellent all-around choice is 10″ or 12″, sized by the length of the jaws.