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Bessey’s irregular angle clamp solves one of the most frustrating problems in building staircases: clamping two pieces of wood together when they’re not joined at a 90-degree angle.  Standard bar clamps either can’t get a grip (or will mar the finish), and strap clamps don’t hold well enough.  But the Bessey’s ball-and-socket clamping surface adjusts from 15 to 180 degrees to hold perfectly.

The system consists of two spearate clamps — one to grab onto the angled piece and another to hold the square piece and pull the two together.  Here’s how it works: first secure the smaller clamp (on the ball and socket end) to the angled piece, then position the large bar clamps by hand to bring the two work pieces together.  Finally, tighten the clamp’s screw to firmly clamp the two in place.

Besides staircases railings — which almost by definition involve odd angles — we’d imagine this would work well furniture work, too.

Street pricing starts at $40.

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2 Responses to Clamping Irregular Angles Made Easy

  1. BJN says:

    Uh huh. I can’t help but think, looking at the product photo, that these folks had to work hard to construct a handrail with balusters where the clamp fits(barely – the handle looks jammed in place in this photo).

  2. x95 says:

    I’m just looking at this and thinking that it might be a lot more complicated than just cutting some scrap wood at the correct angle to make a regular 90 degree angle. No need for special clamps (which would likely be harder to find when you need it). Some scraps and a bit of rope can also work wonders if you twist them, letting the rope slide along the scraps to avoid marring the workpiece.

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