Everything You Need To Know About Clamping
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is an unwritten woodworking law that says, You never
have enough clamps. Just when you think you have all
the clamps you could possibly need to tackle any project,
along comes one requiring just two or three more than you
have on hand. And when is this most likely to happen ? More
often than not, AFTER you've slathered glue all over your
mating project components and have started to put everything
together. PANIC TIME!
woodworkers know all about this. In fact, it's one of the
first lessons we learn as we move into more complex projects.
That's why clamping tools are one area of the shop where any
investment you make is sure to be worth its weight in gold.
No, you won't have to buy thousands of dollars worth of specialized
clamps to be sure you'll have what you need...when you need
it. But you should equip your shop with a good selection of
multi-purpose clamps that can be used in different ways. If
you choose your clamping tools carefully, you can get a lot
of versatility out of relatively few clamps...and, since they
have no motors and few moving parts, if you take care of them,
they'll never wear out. Let's take a look at some of the most
common types of clamps:
to Types of Clamps