Top 3 Styles of Clamps

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Top 3 Styles of Clamps

Any DIY job goes easier and quicker when objects you work on stay stationary made possible by immobolising them with clamps so they do not move. You can handle most any project by owning just a few different clamps that become favourites in your toolbox.

 

Style 1 - G Clamps

When the clamp is open, it looks like a 'C' with a flat surface on one end and a screw on the other end. The screw with a flat head runs through the clamp and tightens on an object. When in place holding an object, it resembles the letter 'G', hence the name G clamp. The user can place a great deal of pressure on the screw much like tightening a vice. Purchase a G clamp set with two or more clamps in the same size or a combination of sizes. A woodworker puts scrap wood between the metal clamp and the piece held so as not to damage the surface. Most heavy clamps made from steel or cast iron are more than adequate to hold objects for nailing, bolting, screwing, and gluing. Use mini G clamps when working with jewellery.

 

Style 2 - F Clamps

Another letter-shaped clamp, the F clamp has a vertical bar and two horizontal bars for holding objects. A welder uses this clamp when joining two pieces of metal. Add a heavy-duty F clamp to your woodworking tools with plastic caps on the jaws so you do not mar expensive wood. Buy the bar clamp in assorted sizes ranging from 150 to 1800 mm so you always have the right size tool to finish the job.

 

Style 3 - Quick Clamps

The title of this clamp reveals its usefulness when you do not have enough fingers, or toes, but you do have a quick clamp to lock an object into place. Single handedly tighten and release one of these clamps using the quick release button. Each time you press the release, the sliding jaw moves toward the fixed jaw. A quick clamp such as an Irwin Quick Grip is lightweight yet strong enough to hold 270 kilogrammes of sustained force with pads that distribute weight evenly. Convert the hand tool to a spreader by putting the fixed jaw on the opposite end of the bar, and use it to push apart two pieces such as a mortise and tenon joint. Quick clamps are convenient when sanding, drilling, and sawing.

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