If you’ve looked at most of my projects within the articles at 360 Woodworking (here’s an example), or heard us talk about clamps during one of our podcast, you likely know that I’m a big fan of pipe clamps. I do have, however, a few other designs in the shop. I have a couple of parallel-jaw clamps, F-style clamps and handscrews.
This past week, we met with a new author working on an upcoming article, who has a fondness for C-clamps – his woodworking requires massive amounts of them. (More on the article will be unveiled later on.) After getting back to the shop, I realized that we don’t have a garbage-can load of C-clamps in the shop. In fact, I have to search for one of the five or six we have floating around the shop. When I find it, I need to blow the dust off before putting it to use. I said we don’t use C-clamps all that much.
As I contemplate my clamp usage, I think I use handscrews where others may use C-clamps. Why handscrews? Because they’re in the shop and have been for many years. Plus, I think they are twice as fast when being put to use. And the pressure I can deliver is always enough.
My question to you is: Am I missing something? Are C-clamps a big part of your woodworking.