The yellow glue, for example, will deliver the greatest result for your joints and make them stronger even than the wood. However, this will only work if you clamp them properly. For this purpose, it is always very important to have the right clamps from the right types. In most cases, you’ll need more than one clamp, but not too many of them.
Over the years, you will learn different types of clamps and how they can be useful for your woodworking projects. You’ll learn how some clamps might be useful on some projects, while it may not be as good as you want to be with other projects. Learning useful things like this usually take years and sometimes, you don’t have that much time. Sometimes, we need to move, act, and learn as fast as we can. For this reason, I’d like to present you with some important clamps you should have for your woodworking projects. I compiled the list from my very own woodworking experiences, so I hope they can be useful for all of you.
Types of Woodworking Clamps
Here are some basic clamps you need for your woodworking projects:
- Small bar clamps
I usually use a set of these clamps for assorted and small work pieces clamping jobs, any kind of them. You may recognize them with their other name: F-style clamps. For your woodworking projects, I’d like to recommend the heavy- or medium-duty models. They’ll last longer and work greater than other models.
Small bar clamps like shown in the above image is your basic woodworking need. They are very useful. As you twist the clamp handles, they will keep the alignment and apply enough pressure directly onto the target joints.
- Quick-grip clamps
These clamps may not as precise as the small bar clamps, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need this clamp for your woodworking project. Instead, you should never miss this useful tool. This one will allow you to clamp the work pieces together using one hand, while another hand holding the work pieces alignment in place. A couple of them is enough for all your projects.
- Pipe clamps
I usually use these clamps for long clamping jobs, such as bookcases and cabinets. This tool is the most affordable option I can recommend to you for such jobs. They attach nicely to standard pipe and you can extend the length. I’d recommend getting the ¾ in. size because the pipe is more rigid. If possible, try to get 4 sets of them.
In the picture below, you can see a woodworker using pipe clamps to glue up a tabletop. He made the large tabletop using individual boards. Note how he nicely alternate the clamps both under and over the panel. This method will keep the tabletop flatter. He is also using other 3 C-clamps to hold the end level with each other.
- Parallel-jaw clamp
The most ‘luxurious’ item of all, the parallel-jaw clamp will do almost everything you can’t do with other clamps. Make sure have at least 4 of them in 3-ft length.
The flat and long jaws are very useful, especially in reducing the number of clamps you need. Thanks to their shape, they can also assemble a perfect square. Just two of them and you can make a perfect square in only a few minutes.
Don’t forget the c-clamps. Having a couple of them should be enough for your woodworking projects. They are great to fit into tight places and odd little jobs. On top of that, they don’t cost much. They are perfect for some detailed jobs, like attaching your temporary basic to a router.