Demise of U.S. Clamp Makers & A Defense of Hardware Hoarding

The topics of United States clamp manufacturing and hardware hoarding might seem unrelated, and many of you will certainly think that they deserve two separate entries. In this story, however, I will try to show you how they can be “clamped” together quite successfully. Recently I decided we needed to add a few more...

Clamping a Chair is Like Hugging an Eel

One of the challenges when building a chair is clamping the dang thing down so you can work on it. I’ve seen lots of solutions that use band clamps. But I dislike band clamps (perhaps I had a bad experience at band camp). So here’s what I do. Most workholding problems can be solved...

Binding Clamps

Make your own light-duty one-handed workholding wonders. by Donald C. Williams pgs. 48-49 Like most workshops, mine is well-populated with spring clamps, the ubiquitous tool for applying localized pressure with one hand while holding the workpiece (or workpieces) with the other. But one of the most intractable problems is the need for either gentle...

A Clamping Tip for Wet (or Weakened) Hands

Sometimes I can have seven or eight panel glue-ups going at once. When that happens, my hands get pretty wet and slimy from all the water and wet glue. At times it makes it near impossible to get a grip on my wooden-handled clamps. I’ve also taught many students who have a reduced grip...

Pocket Screws: The Mightiest Little Clamp

I don’t have enough elitism in my bloodstream to poop on pocket screws too much. For starters, they are incredibly ingenious and allow people to build things with only a handful of tools and almost no clamps. And they have been around for a long time – I’ve seen pocket screws in many piece...

Joiner’s Dogs, Simple Clamping

It’s wonderful that so many things within woodworking can be accomplished with such simple principles and relative ease of application. This humble wedging action is a perfect example. Clamping, securing tenons or the angle of a dovetail all have a simple taper at their heart. I’m at the stage of my workbench project where...

Securing Wood Inlay Templates Without Clamps

A plunge router and template are two must-have tools for wood inlay work, and to get tight-fitting inlays, you’ll need some way to make sure your work pieces don’t move around while you’re routing. Clamps usually work, but there isn’t always room. When you need to secure a template to a work piece for routing, double-sided...

30 Days for Dad 2015: BESSEY 30-Clamp Kit

DAY 14 JUNE 5 BESSEY 30-Clamp Kit Here’s a selection of 30 top-selling malleable cast clamps in lengths from 6″ to 36″ These German produced clamps are constructed with drawn steel rails from BESSEY’s steel mill and include non-marring pads, profiled rails and BESSEY’s unique anti-slip mechanism. Value: $329.99 Learn more about this clamp...

AW Extra 5/8/14 – Clamp Leash

Clamp Leash My spring clamps always seem to be out of reach or scattered around the shop. To solve my problem, I suspended my dog’s old leash over my workbench. Now my spring clamps are always accessible. They’re also easy to transport around the shop so, unlike my dog, they never stray.   This...