If you’re building fine furniture, you probably won’t want Bessey’s timber framing clamp — unless you’re really into the distressed look. See, in place of a fixed jaw these clamps have a spike you drive into the wood. They’re definitely meant for framing applications where a few gashes won’t be noticed.
You drive the point into a timber by striking the anvil with a hammer. The flared depth-stop makes sure you set the appropriate depth and also makes the point easy to remove with a claw hammer. You can then tighten the clamp, with either the high-strength tommy bar or a wrench on the hex bolt if you really need to apply the screws.
Bessey makes the clamp with a 4-3/4″ deep throat and a 24″ clamping capacity. The sturdy components — rolled, work-hardened, ACME threaded spindle; drop-forged steel jaws; and cold-drawn galvanized rail — allow you to apply up to 2,660 pounds of clamping force. A swivel-mounted pressure plate tilts up to 35° to accommodate standard framing angles.
One timber framing clamp will cost you about $70 to $80.