Different Types of Woodworking Clamps

by Joost | Updated on:  August 23, 2021
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I can’t find the words to emphasize on the fact that how much you’d need these, a lot of these. Woodworking means you’ll be joining small and large pieces together, that’s the short of it. Even constructing a table will prove to be a tough job without these.

There isn’t a carpenter on planet earth without dozens of woodworking clamps. Here, I’ve gone over all different types of woodworking clamps. This way you’ll get to know what what’s for.

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All Different Types of Woodworking Clamps

C-Clamp

The name signifies the shape; it’s shaped like C. Designers got creative to bring some variants of the C-Clamp. There’s some that’s three-headed and two-headed ones, these add a lot more stability to the system than you’d imagine.

As for the mechanism the screw a.k.a. the spindle passes through one of the holes on one end of the C and reaches on the other end to clamp whatever it is that you’re clamping. These serve very basic purposes. Its main purpose is to clamp workpieces not far from the edge.

Pipe Clamp

It’s quite an interesting piece of apparatus. Perhaps the most customizable of ‘em all. Yeah, one thing that’s to be mentioned you’ll have to buy yourself a piece of pipe that matches the size of the clamp. Otherwise, it’ll be obsolete.

Pipe clamps have two separate sections apart from the pipe itself. Each section has a clutch or even multiple clutch system at times to grab on to the pipe. One stays fixed and the other’s mobile, it can slide over the pipe to take whatever position suits your needs.

As for the clamping capacity, it depends solely on the length of the pipe that you’re using. You can always use coupling systems to attach multiple pipes.

Bar Clamp

Also known as the F-Clamp, it’s the most utilized clamp by the carpenters. Bar Clamps are the best of both worlds, the C-Clamp, and the Pipe clamp. It has the reach of the C-Clamp and the stretch of the pipe clamp.

These come in a wide variety of dimensions with the throat depth varying from 2 inches to 6 inches and even 8 inches in some extreme cases. Clamping capacity might get as high as 80 inches at times.

There’s a couple of sorts to these bar clamps

One-Handed Bar Clamp

Regardless of whether you’re a DIYer or you’re a pro, you’ll end up in scenarios where you’ll have one of your hands pre-occupied. And hence the one-handed bar clamp and its unprecedented design. This gives the bar clamp a spectacular advantage over the other clamps.

Designers didn’t have to trade-off the pressure of the clamp for this ergonomic advantage.

Deep Throat Bar Clamp

This is just an ordinary bar clamp with the ability to reach deep into the workpieces from the edge of the clamp. It can reach as far as 6 – 8 inches. Making joints from the edge of the clamp is gets really tough at times. A deep throat bar clamp brings in a solution to that.

Corner Clamp

Corner Clamp specializes in 90O joints, 45O miter joints, and butt joints, that’s it. Well, that was it for the sorts joints but if you’re a pro, then you know how important it is. And as for DIYers and hobbyists out there, I couldn’t emphasize more.

Corner Clamp or Miter Clamps have a movable clamping block that clamps the workpieces together when the spindles screwed tight.

Parallel Clamps

Parallel clamps are just another variance of bar and pipe clamps. But the thing about this is that the entirety of each jaw is parallel to one another. This facilitates a lot when you’re trying to join two workpieces parallelly.

Almost all of the parallel clamps have a unique mechanism for it to be used as a stretcher. And yeah, just like a one-handed bar clamp it can be used with just one hand.

Picture Frame Clamps

It’s what the name says it is. There are some extreme versions of it that can be used for some very different purposes due to its heavy-duty nature. To put it simply you can be doing four 90O joints simultaneously.

FAQ

What Type of Clamps Are There?

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G or C Clamp.
Hand Screw Clamp.
Sash Clamp.
Pipe Clamp.
Spring Clamp.
Bench Clamp.
Web Clamp.
Bench Vise.

What Is an F Clamp Used For?

The name comes from its “F” shape. The F-clamp is similar to a C-clamp in use, but has a wider opening capacity (throat). This tool is used in woodworking while more permanent attachment is being made with screws or glue, or in metalworking to hold pieces together for welding or bolting.

When Should You Discard Clamps?

Remove clamps as soon as the job is finished. Clamps serve only as temporary devices for holding work securely in place. Keep all moving parts of clamps lightly oiled and keep tools clean to prevent slippage.

Why Are Woodworking Clamps So Expensive?

Wood clamps are expensive because they are made with high-quality materials – primarily steel, iron, or metal. It’s also because wood clamps are not consumable. Other woodworking accessories like sandpaper allow you to buy on an ongoing and relatively frequent basis.

What Can I Use Instead of Wood Clamps?

Registered. Or, clamp without a clamp; when you don’t have a clamp to fit your work is to create a fixture (plywood or a straight & flat piece of lumber) that your work can fit inside of, add a block at each end and use a wedge to apply pressure between one of the blocks and your work.

Are Harbor Freight Clamps Any Good?

Harbor Freight F-Clamps.

We got six small clamps and I have to say that they work like a charm. The price is very affordable ($3 each) and the materials they are made of, together with the reliable construction makes these clamps feel and perform very well.

Are Parallel Clamps Worth the Money?

They’re expensive, but worth every penny when you are trying to get good square fit-ups in glue joints. I gave up on pipe clamps and switched to the original Bessey clamps about 12 years ago. The switch was very expensive as I have at least 4 of each size up to 60″ and even more of some of the heavily used sizes.

Conclusion

Clamps are a portal to efficiency and multitasking when it comes to carpentering or welding. It’s literally impossible to have something as simple as a table gets constructed without one of these. And let’s not talk about gluing your workpieces together.

So, it’s imperative that you keep a concrete idea about the different types of woodworking clamps. This is so that you know which to use for which scenario. And you’ll know which one you might just have to buy for your next project.

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Tools Doctor is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new equipment, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with tools & crafting tips.