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When I was younger, I spent a very long weekend trying to glue up the parts of a bookcase I was building for a friend’s dorm room.  While I had (mostly) the tools to do the job, I didn’t really know much about woodwork — which is why I had so much trouble getting the joints straight.  Now it’d only take a few minutes, because I have a couple of sets of box clamps.

Recently, a friend recommended the Pinnacle clamps (pictured above) to me, and I’m thinking about picking up a set.  They look very easy to use, and they handle any thickness wood from 1/4″ to 1″.

Another feature that caught my eye: You can tighten them down either with a handle or with a hex bolt — handy to run ‘em down quick or to put extra torque on.

We found these at Woodcraft for $30 (on sale right now from $35).  Froogle didn’t turn ‘em up anywhere else, so I didn’t post a link.  If you know of a better deal, be sure and drop it in comments.

Pinnacle 4″ Box Clamp [Woodcraft]

 

6 Responses to Finds: Box Clamps

  1. Coleman says:

    That’s one of the neatest and most useful looking tools I’ve seen for woodworking, especially amateurs like myself who don’t have every tool under the sun. I also tend to work on fairly simple projects, so I could see myself getting tons of mileage out of these. Thanks!

  2. So what’s the difference between this and a $3 corner clamp from Harbor Freight? http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=1852

  3. nrChris says:

    Patrick,

    The box clamps clamp in three dimensions, where the ones you posted, while useful, only clamp in two dimensions. So you can do a corner piece. But with the box clamps, you can clamp the top corner while strapping the bottom face across a true and square joint. At least that is the difference that I see.

  4. Dan says:

    http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=1&p=53673&cat=1,43838

    10.95 a pair for pretty much the same thing, unless I’m missing something. These are plastic rather than metal, but if you’re just holding things in place to glue, that shouldn’t matter too much.

  5. Paul says:

    I have corner clamps, and use them sometimes, but lots of times when I am assembling a box on my bench I just use some pieces of cut off angle iron to hold the sides up, square, etc. Now I’m not talking about bedframe angle iron here, but 3 to 5 inch leg 3/8″ thick angle iron pieces.

    I’m just throwing out what I do, and works for me in this situation. I have made a fair number of wooden boxes too. A couple of hundred maybe?

  6. SuperJdynamite says:

    “We found these at Woodcraft for $30 (on sale right now from $35).”

    That’s not much of a sale.

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