clamping

C-Clamps for Demanding Jobs

In my ongoing quest for finding adequate substitutions for the vanishing North American clamp manufacturers, I recently discovered an exceptionally strong forged steel C-clamp that will surely give us decades of dependable use. Woodworkers rarely use large capacity C-Clamps. Instead, we prefer the more rapid to open and close F-clamps, or...

Next-generation Bessey REVO Clamps

by Megan Fitzpatrick page 14 We love the original wooden-handled Bessey K Body clamps. But they became unavailable in 2008 when Bessey released the Revo clamps, which had a larger clamping surface (of about 30 percent) than the K Bodies and a soft-grip handle that allowed for easier and more comfortable...

Microjig Matchfit Dovetail Clamps

A lot of the work in any machine-oriented woodshop revolves around creating and improving jigs. While I’ve used hold-down and F-style clamps in most of my shop fixtures, the Microjig Matchfit Dovetail Clamps offer a new means of integrating adjustable clamping into a jig, securely and out of the way of...

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...

AW Extra 3/13/14 – Pipe Clamp Protectors

Pipe Clamp Protectors Iron pipe clamps can mar a finished surface and leave nasty black stains if they touch a wet glue line. My solution is to raise the pipe above the surface with corrugated-plastic wiring harness covers sold in automotive stores. They come in a variety of sizes and are...

AW Extra 2/6/14 – Vertical Panel Clamping

Vertical Panel Clamping Gluing panels and other large assemblies vertically saves floor space and is easier on your back—you don’t have to carry anything. Make the crossbar from 1/2-in. pipe and attach it securely to the wall. 3/4-in. pipe tees slide along the pipe. Thread the ends of 3/4-in. pipe-clamps into...