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Offline Bill Houghton

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Usefulness - or not - of eight-inch C-clamps?
« on: May 17, 2019, 11:47:27 AM »
I'm reorganizing* my clamp storage, and it's leading me to question the usefulness of some of the clamps I own, in particular the three eight-inch C-clamps. They're presently hanging behind the six or so six-inch clamps, but I've run out of room on that particular square-tubing clamp hanger for the two five-inch clamps I'd like to hang there.

I use C-clamps up to four inches pretty regularly, and there are a few applications in which the five- and six-inch clamps are best/necessary. But, beyond that, I tend to use F-clamps (sliding-head bar clamps, in case you live somewhere that this term is not in common use); they're faster to adjust, and do just fine for my work.

I'm doing mostly wooddorking, with light metal fabrication occasionally.

So I'm wondering: are there applications for which an eight-inch clamp is the Only Right Tool, and, if so, should I be holding on to these in case that comes up?

I know it's a violation of The Code  :grin: to get rid of clamps once acquired; but my shop is small, and I can't devote more than one stud bay to C-, F-, and related clamps.

Advice sought.
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*I had something of a system built on the clamp count I had when I did it, which system was rapidly overwhelmed by later clamp finds. I'm now attempting to incorporate all the clamps, with maybe some room in case I find other clamps I just absolutely must have.

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Re: Usefulness - or not - of eight-inch C-clamps?
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2019, 12:18:09 PM »
If in doubt, give them to a friend who might find them useful.
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Re: Usefulness - or not - of eight-inch C-clamps?
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2019, 02:16:33 PM »

It's a violation of The Code

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Re: Usefulness - or not - of eight-inch C-clamps?
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2019, 02:32:34 PM »

It's a violation of The Code

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Re: Usefulness - or not - of eight-inch C-clamps?
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2019, 03:58:07 PM »
I'm with Bill on this one. Disclaimer;  You have too many clamps if you have run out of storage space!!!
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Re: Usefulness - or not - of eight-inch C-clamps?
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2019, 04:20:26 PM »
Keep them. Even if you never use them to clamp something 8" long, sooner or later you will need them for the deeper "reach" they have over the smaller clamps.
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Offline Bill Houghton

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Re: Usefulness - or not - of eight-inch C-clamps?
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2019, 05:47:07 PM »
Well, I'm holding on to them for the moment.  But I reserve the right to move them along if I find any 5" or 6" examples of my favorite C-clamp (Jorgensen Style 1, with the wing handles - left clamp in the photo).

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Re: Usefulness - or not - of eight-inch C-clamps?
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2019, 05:49:33 PM »
Remember - when you get rid of it; that's when you'll need it.   :tongue:

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Re: Usefulness - or not - of eight-inch C-clamps?
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2019, 05:52:57 PM »
Remember - when you get rid of it; that's when you'll need it.   :tongue:

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Re: Usefulness - or not - of eight-inch C-clamps?
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2019, 05:59:18 PM »
Remember - when you get rid of it; that's when you'll need it.

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Re: Usefulness - or not - of eight-inch C-clamps?
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2019, 05:04:33 PM »
You said your clamp hanger is a piece of tubing.... stick a piece of dowel rod in the tubing and hang the 5s on it! ;-)
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Re: Usefulness - or not - of eight-inch C-clamps?
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2019, 05:18:51 PM »
You said your clamp hanger is a piece of tubing.... stick a piece of dowel rod in the tubing and hang the 5s on it! ;-)

Great idea! And then someday when the dowel rod gets full, you can put another piece of tubing on that...  :D
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