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The Essential Clamps Every Woodworker Needs

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When you first start looking for clamps, it is easy to see how you can spend a small fortune outfitting your shop. The nice thing is, you don’t need a lot of clamps to do some great woodworking. In this video, Bryan looks at a basic set of clamps to get any woodworker started, and then how to add more power and capability as your projects get larger and you expand in your ability.

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31 COMMENTS

  1. Does anyone know what type of thread the tube to connect must have? (bsp, bsf, bspp, bspt, nps, npt …..). thanks

  2. I was told never to use black pipe because I’d you get glue on it, that it can seep “deep” into your wood leaving an awful stain. I was told galvanized pipe was always the way to go. Thoughts?

  3. I bought a 4-in BESSEY clamp like those at HD and it doesn't even work. My first BESSEY, not a good 1st impression.

  4. I’ve used bar clamps for 40 years and adore them. They never bend and you can swap out the long pipes for short ones and have a wide variety of lengths without buying new clamp jaws. I have only ever used black pipe with them. Recently many of them have begun slipping. Do I need new clamps, new pipes, or is there an adjustment I can do?

  5. A very good video. To get even more use out of a spring clamp, another tip is to cut a short length (the width of the clamp's opening plus a couple of inches) of bicycle inner tube and stretch it over the tips, then bend it back in toward the spring. Very useful for adding hardwood edge banding. I may have gotten this tip from one of your previous videos.

  6. Great video I like the “get 4 of the same clamps” tip. when I first started I just bought a pack of two of each type but found I really needed an extra two of each to clamp up my projects.

  7. Ofcourse I have to get thousands of dollars worth of machine tools to make these "home made" clamps. 😂😂😂😂

  8. I feel completely ignorant to not of even thought about this till now…..thanks for opening my eyes….and I'm a union carpenter

  9. Thanks for all the informative content.I really like the clarity of your presentations but most of all ,You have One he'll of a Shop!

  10. I guess I might save hundreds of dollars, but I'll need to buy machines for thousands of dollars in order to be able to do so.

  11. Considering I'd have to purchase a table saw, planer, drill press, belt sander, disc sander, nail gun, and more spring clamps to make these clamps, I think it would be cheaper to just purchase the clamps.

  12. Way over complicated and engineered. Ever heard of pipeclamps? Proves the point, just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.

  13. Yeah, all you need is a workshop, various expensive power tools, lots of expensive wood, and worst of all, CLAMPS to make clamps.

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