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Clamp Guide

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

Because not all of us are master carpenters. 

If you’re new to the DIY space, you may be familiar with the importance of clamping. But did you know the right kind of clamp can make all the difference?  As a beginning DIYer myself, I research a lot of tools and their uses. Having my options in one place helps me decide which tool is right for the job.  Hence, this handy clamp guide for other beginners like myself. Happy building!

*This article contains affiliate links. This information was originally presented by This Old House TV. 

 

Spring Clamps

Spring clamps, also called pinch clamps, are inexpensive and useful for a wide range of light-duty clamping jobs.

 

Quick Clamps

Quick clamps can be operated with one hand and many models have reversible jaws for use as a spreader to push apart pieces.

 

Pipe Clamps

When greater clamping strength is needed, consider using pipe clamps.

Buy pipe clamp fixtures and slip them onto black-iron pipe. Pipe clamp fixtures are commonly available for use on ½-inch or ¾-inch-diameter pipe.

 

Bar Clamps

Bar clamps with parallel jaws exert immense pressure evenly to the work, so there’s less chance of the parts bowing.

 

C-Clamps

C-clamps are best used for metalworking. When used on wood, be sure to use pads to protect the wood surface from damage.

Use C-clamps to hold to hold a framing square to a straightedge when laying out stair stringers. 

 

Specialty Clamps

Specialty work-holding clamps are used to hold two boards at a right angle.

 

Miter Clamps

miter clamp with a screw handle provides a quick, accurate way to assemble right-angle butt joints, miter joints, or T-joints.

 

Three-Way C-Clamps

three-way C-clamp has three screws and is useful for securing face frame to cabinets. Just be sure to protect the wood surfaces with pads.

 

Strap Clamps

A strap clamp, also called a band or web clamp, is ideal for securing irregular or oddly shaped assemblies, such as stools, chairs and tables.

Some strap clamps must be tighten with a screwdriver or wrench. Others are equipped with a convenient ratcheting mechanism.

 

 

 

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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