I can’t find the words to emphasize on the fact that how much you’d need these, a lot of these. Woodworking means you’ll be joining small and large pieces together, that’s the short of it. Even constructing a table will prove to be a tough job without these.
There isn’t a carpenter on planet earth without dozens of woodworking clamps. Here, I’ve gone over all different types of woodworking clamps. This way you’ll get to know what what’s for.
All Different Types of Woodworking Clamps
The name signifies the shape; it’s shaped like C. Designers got creative to bring some variants of the C-Clamp. There’s some that’s three-headed and two-headed ones, these add a lot more stability to the system than you’d imagine.
As for the mechanism the screw a.k.a. the spindle passes through one of the holes on one end of the C and reaches on the other end to clamp whatever it is that you’re clamping. These serve very basic purposes. Its main purpose is to clamp workpieces not far from the edge.
It’s quite an interesting piece of apparatus. Perhaps the most customizable of ‘em all. Yeah, one thing that’s to be mentioned you’ll have to buy yourself a piece of pipe that matches the size of the clamp. Otherwise, it’ll be obsolete.
Pipe clamps have two separate sections apart from the pipe itself. Each section has a clutch or even multiple clutch system at times to grab on to the pipe. One stays fixed and the other’s mobile, it can slide over the pipe to take whatever position suits your needs.
As for the clamping capacity, it depends solely on the length of the pipe that you’re using. You can always use coupling systems to attach multiple pipes.
Also known as the F-Clamp, it’s the most utilized clamp by the carpenters. Bar Clamps are the best of both worlds, the C-Clamp, and the Pipe clamp. It has the reach of the C-Clamp and the stretch of the pipe clamp.
These come in a wide variety of dimensions with the throat depth varying from 2 inches to 6 inches and even 8 inches in some extreme cases. Clamping capacity might get as high as 80 inches at times.
There’s a couple of sorts to these bar clamps
One-Handed Bar Clamp
Regardless of whether you’re a DIYer or you’re a pro, you’ll end up in scenarios where you’ll have one of your hands pre-occupied. And hence the one-handed bar clamp and its unprecedented design. This gives the bar clamp a spectacular advantage over the other clamps.
Designers didn’t have to trade-off the pressure of the clamp for this ergonomic advantage.
Deep Throat Bar Clamp
This is just an ordinary bar clamp with the ability to reach deep into the workpieces from the edge of the clamp. It can reach as far as 6 – 8 inches. Making joints from the edge of the clamp is gets really tough at times. A deep throat bar clamp brings in a solution to that.
Corner Clamp specializes in 90O joints, 45O miter joints, and butt joints, that’s it. Well, that was it for the sorts joints but if you’re a pro, then you know how important it is. And as for DIYers and hobbyists out there, I couldn’t emphasize more.
Corner Clamp or Miter Clamps have a movable clamping block that clamps the workpieces together when the spindles screwed tight.
Parallel clamps are just another variance of bar and pipe clamps. But the thing about this is that the entirety of each jaw is parallel to one another. This facilitates a lot when you’re trying to join two workpieces parallelly.
Almost all of the parallel clamps have a unique mechanism for it to be used as a stretcher. And yeah, just like a one-handed bar clamp it can be used with just one hand.
Picture Frame Clamps
It’s what the name says it is. There are some extreme versions of it that can be used for some very different purposes due to its heavy-duty nature. To put it simply you can be doing four 90O joints simultaneously.
Clamps are a portal to efficiency and multitasking when it comes to carpentering or welding. It’s literally impossible to have something as simple as a table gets constructed without one of these. And let’s not talk about gluing your workpieces together.
So, it’s imperative that you keep a concrete idea about the different types of woodworking clamps. This is so that you know which to use for which scenario. And you’ll know which one you might just have to buy for your next project.