Essential Clamp Kit
What clamps to have and why you should have them
Synopsis: If you’re just getting started building a collection of clamps for your workshop, here are some guidelines from someone who’s been at it for quite a few years. From bar clamps to spring clamps, Jeff Miller provides a roundup of the clamps he uses every day, with advice on how many you’ll need so that you can tackle any project.
The old chestnut is true—you can never have too many clamps. But which clamps you need depends on the type of work you’re doing. As a general rule, you should buy the clamps best suited for the primary work you do, but you’ll also need a more general selection of clamps for the wide range of projects and shop tasks you’ll encounter. Assuming a finite budget, you’ll need to make some choices to build an appropriate clamp kit for your shop.