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Guys I've always used those clamps from Canadian Tire where you squeeze the handle to get them to clamp , but I want to start accumulating better ones .

These were at HomeDepot, but what would you recommend for cabinet making . The red ones pictured here only go to 3 feet

I think it's back to Lee Valley



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Bessey clamps - you can get them in lengths from 12" to 98". The longest I have are 50", anything longer and I use 3/4" pipe clamps.

I try to pick up a few Besseys when I attend woodworking shows - they usually have show specials on pricing.
A number of years ago at the show in Kitchener (no longer running) I picked up a special of 2 x 24", 2 x 50", a pack of the corner blocks for about $150 all in.

I've got a few of the "Quick Grip" in a couple of lengths and they are just OK, but I find I have to squeeze the heck out of them to get the proper pressure.

I've got a few of the "F" clamps from crappy tire (they were cheap back then), but I find I hardly use them.

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Edit to add: I meant the Bessey parallel clamps not the F style.

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KMS does mail order, Rick. (Canadian co.)
https://www.kmstools.com/pages/locations-contact-us-3
https://www.kmstools.com/woodworking...amps-23020000/

You ever down around Kamloops? Or into Calgary?
Another one to check out is Busy Bee (mail order as well):
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Weight might be an issue if you have to pay for freight...you could wait for a Free Shipping sale(?).
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I have some Besseys, and some pipe clamps, and some Harbor Freight bar clamps. I bought most of the Besseys when Lowe's had them on closeout.

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Thanks for the replies guys


I don't really travel much but seeing as LV has free shipping this week , maybe I had better check out the options there

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Bessey clamps - you can get them in lengths from 12" to 98". The longest I have are 50", anything longer and I use 3/4" pipe clamps.

I try to pick up a few Besseys when I attend woodworking shows - they usually have show specials on pricing.
A number of years ago at the show in Kitchener (no longer running) I picked up a special of 2 x 24", 2 x 50", a pack of the corner blocks for about $150 all in.

I've got a few of the "Quick Grip" in a couple of lengths and they are just OK, but I find I have to squeeze the heck out of them to get the proper pressure.

I've got a few of the "F" clamps from crappy tire (they were cheap back then), but I find I hardly use them.

Vince

Edit to add: I meant the Bessey parallel clamps not the F style.
Vince I forgot but yes that's what I have , those quick grip clamps and I don't much care for them .
I see Bessey seems to be fairly popular so I'll start with them . They said at HD that they had some pipe clamps , but that you had to add the pipe I think ?
They couldn't find them unfortunately , so I couldn't get a look at how they worked

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Rick the first thing to keep in mind is that over clamping is the most common cause of joint failure. That fact should always factor into decisions. In some cases common masking tape is enough to hold a joint together. But I have a lot of clamps and of different kinds so here are my observations.

The blue ones from C T are pretty good and often go on sale at really good prices. I think they are available to 48" but they get pretty heavy at that length. The swivel handle allows for a lot of pressure if you need it. Just check to make sure the screw was drilled straight. Some aren't.

Besseys are really nice but very expensive. I find Jorgensens to be the best compromise between value and function.

I consider a few pipe clamps a necessity. Pipe clamps exert pretty good pressure and can be made any length. In fact you can add pipe together with pipe couplings if needed. I've gone 11-12 feet before.

I have a couple of welding clamps that come in handy at times as the reach they have is longer. I have a couple of either 30 or 36" ones. They are quite heavy though.

There are clamps with aluminum box beams that are really good in longer lengths. They are very light, can be handled with one hand, and are way cheaper in long lengths than other clamps. They will apply adequate pressure in almost all cases.

The most used clamps I have are some 4" ones I got from Lee Valley years ago. I bought a box of ten. I wish I had gotten 20. I don't see them in the catalog any more.

Even the plastic or metal spring clamps can be handy at times and they are cheap if you watch for a sale.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.

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This version of Bessey at getting up there in price

https://www.kmstools.com/bessey-revo...-50-clamp-1273

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Guys where would these be used . I see them at WP but never bothered looking at them as I don't know if there neccesary or not

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Guys where would these be used . I see them at WP but never bothered looking at them as I don't know if there neccesary or not


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