Greetings and Salutations...
On Fri, 19 Nov 2004 18:49:38 GMT, "Bob"
Well, I think that you should look at the projects you are
going to be building. If you are going to be making a LOT of large
case goods, then, by all means, get the longer ones.
If you are going to be building small jewelry boxes,
then, look to smaller clamps.
I find that in MOST cases, 24" is about the largest size
that has overall usefulness for me. In my clamp collection
(no Bessey's, though) I have at least 24 6" "F" clamps (useful not
only for projects, but, holding things in place for drilling,
on jigs, and (in my case) welding), 12 to 18 18" "F" clamps,
half a dozen or so 24" "F" clamps, and a whole stack of bar
clamps with 48" bars. I also have a bunch (a dozen or so)
6" "C" clamps, and, some other "C" clamps ranging up in size
to about 20".
I also tend to pick up more clamps when I can,
as I have never found a time when I had too MANY clamps, but,
I have hit a few times when I really needed a couple more.
Thanks to you and others for your replies. I built a decent collection of
F-clamps because of the home depot cleanout last year and the discovery of a
store that had very good quality Chinese Jorgenson F-clamp clones. I don't
seem to run out of those clamps in what I do. I'm sure that getting a
starter set of K-body's in my collection will get me going and then adding
2-4 at a time in the future will cover my needs.
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