Clamps are used to hold things secure – perhaps until glue dries. Or, if you only have 2 hands (ha ha), they can act as your third and hold a board securely while you drill a hole.
Although the man-cave doesn’t have every kind of clamp available on the market today, it has quite an array. And yes, they all have their own purpose. I used to wonder, how many clamps does one person need?!
Until, I saw Scott building this:
That’s atleast 42 clamps in this picture alone…
Anywhoo…on with the clamp descriptions.
C clamps come in all sizes. They also have different “throat depths”.
They are relatively inexpensive, and being made of steel, they last a long time. They are easy to use, but you will need two hands to do it – one to hold the clamp in place, one hand to spin the cork to tighten it. Not a big deal. But, it brings up the reason some people opt for the next clamp…
There are many kinds of bar clamps out there. This one is sometimes referred to as a “one handed” bar clamp. You can squeeze the trigger, and it tightens. These work well, but they are going to cost double what the C-clamps do.
These are common as well. You’ll find them in most stores, even the dollar store and the grocery store. They have an array of purposes. Including occasionally holding a bread bag shut in my kitchen. :) Beware if they are made of plastic, as they aren’t always quality made. The metal ones do a nice job and are strong.
These are sold as ‘jaws’ (just the end pieces.) An individual then buys a piece of threaded pipe, and puts the jaws on the pipe. Why would anyone opt for this method? A long 6 foot clamp can be expensive. Buying the pipe clamp jaws and the pipe separately is a great solution to create a clamp any length you need, for less. These are often used in cabinetry shops, or for woodworking that requires a clamp longer than your standard bar clamp size.
Parallel clamps are often used in groups of 2 or 4. For example, you’re putting together a picture frame with mitered corners. It would be difficult to just clamp one corner at a time and get an accurate joint.
As you’ll notice with a lot of other clamps, they have one small point of pressure. This clamp offers ‘even’ pressure for the entire throat depth. It looks cool. I will give it that. And, to get it to work, you have to twist the handles in opposite directions. Not a very universal clamp, but when it’s needed, it does a great job.