Basically an F-Clamp without the tail, extendable C-clamps can be quickly adjusted and provide more clamping power than similarly sized quick-clamps. Plus, since the bar doesn’t extend past the body of the clamp, you won’t snag stuff on it.
The top jaw of these clamps can be extended to fit the work piece and when it’s in place, you tighten the screw on the bottom jaw just like a C-clamp.
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Besides just measuring 45° and 90° like a combination square, the Penta Square also measures 22.5° and 60°. But, that’s only four measurements; penta is a prefix for five. Either they’re considering 180° a measurement, or else they’re call it that because of the irregular pentagon-shaped body.
Kapro etches the 12″ stainless-steel blade in both Inch and Metric graduations. The bubble vial rotates within the body to check level and plumb in “all” positions. Absent is the thumb screw locking mechanism of a normal combination square. They’ve replaced it with their EasyLock mechanism, which they neglect to show in the literature.
Depending on where you look, the Penta Square could cost you as little as $6.
This bandsaw push block already has one hit against it. Could you face your fellow woodworkers and tell them you recommend using a Joy-Jaw push block and expect to keep any sort of respect? Aside from the bad name, however, it may have some redeeming features.
The large molded handles and wire guards keep your hands away from the blade. While the molded plastic body is rigid, it won’t damage the blade if you accidentally cut into it. The stepped jaws, which are reminiscent of an alligator wrench, will grip many shapes and sizes of small stock.
Woodteck designed and manufacturers this product in the USA. It’ll run you $30 plus shipping.
Joy-Jaw [Woodworker’s Supply]
With a pocket hole plug cutter you can better hide your pocket holes. Rather than depending on the limited selection of packaged plugs, you can cut plugs from the same material as your project; plus you can create plugs with a matching grain pattern.
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