If you don’t have a variety of clamps around your shop, you’re missing out. Sure, they’re useful for holding wood together while glue dries, but that’s just the start. They’re useful in just about any situation where you could use an extra hand. We’ve even used them to hold a book open on the workbench. Really.
Irwin’s Handi-Clamps are one of our favorites for these “special” tasks because they’re so easy to use — simply ratchet them down and pull the trigger to release ’em when you’re done. We can’t give you numbers, but we can tell you that their clamping force is pretty substantial. Best yet, you don’t really have to break your hand to get them to clamp down firmly.
The Handi-Clamps come in 1-1/2″, 2″, and 4″ sizes with corresponding throat depths of 1-1/2″, 2″, and 3″. We have about half a dozen in the clamp drawer here.
Street pricing starts around $4 each, and you can sometimes find them in sets for an even better value. (Believe us when we say you’ll want a few of ’em.)