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How To Pick The Best Wood Clamp?

Clamps for woodworking is essential. Apart from holding wood pieces together in place, they are also useful for a variety of things. But every woodworker knows that there is no one clamp which works for every project. The wood clamp which you need depends on the task you are trying to get done. Here are some woodworking jobs and the clamps which would be considered best for that job:

Edge Gluing the Panels

A pipe or bar clamp is best for the work of edge gluing the panels. These clamps come with a pipe or bar which gives enough length, which spans through the whole width of the glue up. The pipe or bar also gives enough support for the panels in use. You can get these clamps in various types like:

  • Aluminum bar clamps: These are lightweight, which makes them way easier to handle apart from providing a wide and stable base.
  • Pipe Clamps: These are definitely an economical option if you can put some work in to modify each one so that they can reach a variety of lengths. These kinds of clamps are sold as one solid set of jaws. It is after this that you will have to purchase the length of pipe which you need to thread up to the jaws.

Face Gluing

If your job is to face glue parts or to make a table leg, then turning a bend or blank lamination an F- Style clamp is your best option. F style clamps are available for a lot of different jaw lengths. These work to further move away from the point where force is exerted right from the edge of the workpiece. Also, if are facing difficulty with gripping the clamp panels, then F style pistons will work great in that scenario. This is because it has a handle which swivels around 90 degrees which makes it easier to get a grip on and also creates more leverage.

Edge Banding Attaching

When it comes to putting solid wood edging right on to a panel then bandy clamps are the things which you need for your job. Band clamps are basically spring clamps which come with huge grip-able clamp pads. These won’t slip and touch the rubber band which stretches all across between the powerful jaws.

Assembling Cabinets

When it comes to assembling cabinet boxes or some face frames then parallel clamps are the ones which will surely get the work done. Parallel jaw clamps come with a pair of jaws which stay parallel and thus are able to distribute the pressure evenly all across the surface of the clamps jaw. Another major thing to take into consideration while making the cabinet boxes is that you will need to keep the parts perpendicular. In such cases, assembly clamps and squares will be most useful. An assembly square has a jig which is right-angled and this allows one to clamp up the corner of two joint pieces so as to hold them in a perpendicular position.

Jig and Work Pieces

Many a times workers will have to secure jigs or parts right onto a workbench, directly to some workpiece or perhaps onto a tool surface as well. For this purpose Pistol, quick grip clamps are most useful. This is because they are easy to remove, attach and hold the work securely.

Things to keep in mind when selecting Clamps

  • Know that there are lots of F clamps which are made out of plastic. But always look for the more flexible and softer plastic rather than the hard brittle ones. The right kind of plastic will easily last for years.
  • Metal parts won’t tolerate poundings so they don’t have to contain hardness which resembles that of a chisel. But make sure that you do look for cracks and more which might have slipped through quality control checks.
  • When buying the hand screw clamps make sure that the wooden parts be made out of hardwood, for example- maple or oak.
  • You will find that clamp handles are made up of wood, metal or plastic and all of it can last well for years. Make sure to check the wooden handles for cracks when it comes to buying them.

Make sure that you first and foremost consider the job for which you need the clamp for and not clamp you would like to have. This will help you get the perfect clamp.

Diy Bow Tie

Last week, I was in full Halloween-costume-making-mode (you can see our get-ups here and here).  One of the simplest pieces I created was a bow tie.

Initially, I thought it would only be good for a one-time-wear, but turns out it will be sticking around for a while.  This is perfect for costumes, photo shoots, or just sporting for the day!

Here’s how:

Time: 15 minutes

Supplies:

  • 1 Sheet of felt
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun (and glue sticks)
  • Elastic
  • Sew on snap fasteners
  • Needle & thread (optional)

Instructions:

Fold the piece of felt in half.  With the Sharpie, draw an outline of a bow tie and cut. (Doubling the felt makes for a sturdier tie and 3 dimensional look).

Cut an additional piece of felt (about 1/2 inch x 2 inches) to wrap around the middle section of the tie.

Measure and cut the piece of elastic.  Lay the bow tie flat (face-down) with the felt strip and elastic (as shown in picture).  Glue the elastic to the tie.  Fold the middle strip and glue to secure in place.

Use sew on snap fasteners on the ends of the elastic for easy snap-on wear and removal. Either sew or hot glue!

Now, create them in as many colors as you want!  And don’t worry if your little gets one dirty, they’re so easy (and cheap) to make and replace!