Did all the math yesterday - of course, LV constrains you into buying a certain
set of clamps, and the overlap with Woodcraft isn't complete since Woodcraft is
while LV is selling 50"'ers, but
LV: 2-24" + 2-50" + shipping to your door = 98.50
WC: 2-24" + 2-41" + your gas = 97.00 + your gas
Given the present world we live in, LV won and the clamps are bigger.
James T. Kirby
Center for Applied Coastal Research
The Madison WI woodcraft isn't that far away and they're doing a
woodworking show this weekend, so I went out Saturday and bought two of
each. Plus one foot mat.
I was talking to the sales guy and he says the sale lasts until the end of
the month "or until this pile is gone, whichever comes first".
I say, "How many were there yesterday when you opened the show?" He says,
"About twice this many. Actually a little more'n that." "Ah. And how many
have you sold since you opened ten minutes ago?" "Counting yours? About
eight I think."
"And the sale lasts a month OR until this here pile is gone."
We both had a good chuckle about that and then moved on.
Just an FYI - We remember the Adjustable Clamp sale better than most of
you do, and it's not deja vue all over again. Stores are reordering
after the initial draw and we'll be honoring all catalog and internet
sales placed during the promotion (til the end of the month). Bessey
has promised us full support on this one. Right now we have plenty of
stock to cover ourselves.
As for Madison, my guess is that the guy you spoke to didn't realize
that more were already on order.
Thanks for the update Ken. My local store was sold out, and I can
definitely understand that they told me to check back later, but there
were no guarantees. (I wouldn't want to be the salesman that promised
there would be more Besseys only to have the guy come back and the
clamps are sold out again). Nice to know that the web order is going to
be filled for sure. Thanks.
Depends on what you want. I only want 24" ones now (got plenty of the
longer ones). Bought five 24" on the woodcraft sale from the internet.
Shipping was about $11 or $12, (about what sales tax would've been).
Also, if you order over $100 on the web, they give you a free
subscription to their magazine. Hopefully the woodcraft website will
honor the order, otherwise, I'll check out Lee Valley, I guess. I do
appreciate the news of it, but since I have over 40 K-bodies (and about
35 pipe clamps) already, I really don't "need" any more.
It's personal preference. If I was forced to buy a set with longer
clamps, I'd rather have the 41" than the 50". 90% of the time, I'm
gluing something narrower than 24". It's kind of a pain having the
extra length sticking out.
I ordered 2 sets of the 24 and 50 inchers from LV on Sunday afternoon. I
got an email today (Tuesday) that they just shipped FedEx and should arrive
at my home in Virginia Thursday. Total cost = $190.00 ($23.75 per clamp
Seems like a good deal to me.
That's a great deal. I ordered 2 of the 12/24 sets (LV) last week on
Thursday and got them Saturday (FedEx). $162 for 8 Bessey's
($20.25 ea with shipping).
Don't get much better than that.
Ordering more later this month.
Building a new clamp rack to accomodate.
More fun stuff...
Seems that we both got (4) 25" clamps. I got (4) 50", you got (4) 12".
$190 - $162 = $28. That's only a $7 difference per clamp between a 12" and
I suppose it all depends on what you have a use for.
You can use a 50" clamp in most cases where a 12" one would do, albeit
clumsy. But you can never use a 12" where a13" to 50" clamp is called for.
Sorry, I keep having these brain farts.
Maybe so, but in 100 opportunities to use a 50" K-body on a 13"
clamping project, at least 99 times you will seek an alternative
method. Clumsy doesn't begin to describe it.
As someone who went through an entire education experience (and 100s
of $) refining the clamp acquisition process, I can assure you of
24" clamps are the best choice for your initial purchase.
At some point you will be happy to have a couple of 40" clamps.
At some further point you will be happy to have a couple of 50"
At some point you will be happy to have a couple of 12" clamps.
Clamps must be bought in pairs to avoid upsetting the balance of the
universe. It's just wrong to have an odd number of clamps.
You will be unable to resist clamp purchases at bargain prices until
sometime past the two dozen mark.
You will continue to yearn for more clamps even after three dozen, but
you will find it easier to resist buying them.
Yeah, I'll ditto that. In fact it's more than a nuisance, after ducking
under and walking around the thing for the whole time and then right
about when you're done, you turn around and stab yourself in the solar
plexus with one of those things. Once you've done one whole glue-up
with the right size clamps everywhere, the little light bulb goes off.
"Hey. This is a whole lot more fun!"
It's definitely doable but I still don't have enough clamps.
My first set of K-bodies was bought using the now discredited thinking
that "you can clamp 12 with a 40 but not 40 with a 12." And 40 seemed
a better choice than 50 at that point (I can't even recall if 50s were
available to me then). On virtually my very first glue up I discovered
what the other poster described, including the jab in the solar
plexus. I immediately ordered a couple (or more) 24" clamps.
It wasn't until much later that I had a need for something greater
than 40" so then I got a couple of 50". I've since added several 40s
and a whole lot of 24s. Still only have two 50s, I think.
Further to the hinderance, you're right--10" wouldn't be much of a
hindrance if you were using your 50"s to clamp a 39" project. But if
you were clamping a 32" project (too big for any 31"ers you might
have) you'd be a whole lot happier having 8" sticking out from the
glueup than 18". And if you didn't have 31s and were trying to clamp
up a 25" job, you'd have two feet of bars waiting to attack you all
around the work area instead of 15", so, yes, that extra 10" can be
I totally agree.
I have a bunch of pipes and a few Bessey's (well, 12 so far,
4-12's, 6-24's and 2-40's). I seem to use the 24's most
often, but since I picked up the 12's just a week ago (LV), I have
used them twice already.
It's not always about size.
I would like to pick up another bunch of 12's and 24's - and
maybe a couple of 40's & 50's before the end of the month.
SWMBO is looking askance at the moment...
Me again. The 24/50's arrived yesterday (Thursday) in perfect condition.
Great turn around on LV's part. I am very pleased. I may start using them
as my main tool (toy) supplier, now that Amazon has started charging for
Well I did it. I order my first set of Bessey clamps from LV.
I ordered 2 sets of 25/50. This weekend I may drive down to my local
Woodcraft and see about getting some more 25's and a couple 40's.
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