As I worked on a project coming out this week to our 360 Woodworking members, I noticed that I was making use of one of my favorite shop accessories. Spring clamps are perfect for a quick hold, and if you need a bit more holding power you just add a few more. That’s what I did to secure a cull used to apply pressure to simple shop inlay for this project.
As I snapped the photo, I couldn’t help but think back to a presentation I did a while ago for the Sunflower Woodworkers Guild in Wichita at which we talked about spice boxes as I demonstrated doing the inlay for a spice box door. We had the presentation at Les Hasting’s shop – he’s a member of the guild.
At sometime during the presentation, I needed a few spring clamps and Les brought me a full 5-gallon bucket. (In the 360 woodworking shop, we have about two dozen spring clamps.) Being the smart ass that I am, I smiled at Les and asked if that’s all he had. As the guys in the class laughed at my question, Les rolled over a 50-gallon drum filled to the top.
The joke’s was on me. Obviously Mr. Hastings appreciates spring clamps as much as I do. If not more.
Another way to increase the holding force of spring clamps is to add a second clamp as shown below. Are there other spring-clamp tricks out there?