While tightening the first clamp a thought hit me like a ton of bricks -- clamps are the single biggest "secret" of woodworkers that "Joe Handyman" needs to know. Clamps are so easy and so useful, but in my experience are totally unknown by the guy or gal who has a tool box, a hacksaw and a handsaw. Certainly I knew nothing about them before the ww bug bit me in the hindquarters & I started reading books etc.
Growing up I "helped" my Dad build a doghouse and a simple study desk. ISTM the hand sawing was about the same effort as the two of us trying to hold the boards still while cutting. I built some truly butt-ugly-but-useful things as a teen, and again I recall the boards moving all over the place while I was cutting them. A couple weeks ago I watched a neighbor kneeling on something he was cutting and still having to hang onto it with the other hand while cutting.
I'm thinking of sending a couple of Jorgensen light duty clamps to the 10 households on my Christmas list. I'll include a write-up, "I know you won't use these very often, but those one or two times a year you cut something with your saw you'll find these very useful. ... "
Question: What size clamps are appropriate? One 6" and one 12"? Two 6"'s? One 12", one 18"?