Guest Author: Sean Haggard, based on an interview with Mike Best
Stop Gouging, Marring, and Beating Your “Baby” Woodworking Project
As a woodworker, your latest project is always your baby. You spend hours nurturing its needs and shaping its future. You coddle it and invest whatever money is necessary. Nothing is too good for your baby.
So are you one of those people who think it doesn’t matter what woodworking clamps you use for your latest project? The first time you hear a crunch or the first time you lift up the clamp and see a huge gouge in your
expensive wood, you might change your mind. Mike Best of Best Baby Furniture Plans gives these tips for choosing and using the best woodworking clamps.
First, when you are undertaking any woodworking project, the importance of having woodworking clamps on hand cannot be overstressed. Woodworking clamps give you an extra pair of hands. You can hold materials together for gluing or stabilize delicate parts while you make finishing touches. Each woodworking clamp has its own benefits and problems, but reading through all of the tips below will help you avoid common mistakes.
Woodworking Clamps: C-Clamp
You probably see C-clamps all of the time and think that they are a stable of any woodworker’s toolbox. I want to share a secret with you….
Most woodworkers do not use C-clamps any more.
It is a common home improvement clamp, but it is not a popular woodworking clamp. Why not? The clamping force is concentrated on two small points, so it can easily damage your wood. When you do need to use C-clamps, many woodworkers will add scrap pieces of wood so that the scraps sandwich the wood being glued/held together. The clamp holds the scraps, the scraps hold the wood, and nothing important is damaged.
Operating a C-clamp is relatively easy…. Click here to read the rest of the interview (opens in new window).