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]