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for bar clamps I suggested the jorgensen 50 pony pipe clamps, I think there more versatile in that you can have a few different lengths of pipe to change the length, and if you want to thread both ends and use a coupler and you can have a 12 foot + clamp if necessary,
they may cost a little more than some other pipe clamps but I think well worth the extra few cents, should be able to be found for about $10 to $12. a set,
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Does anybody have a good source on clamps and squares and all the 1001 little things you need for woodworking? Thanks.
Woodpecker's is still clearing out their Gros-Stabil clamps for great prices. These are very high quality, but the company was bought out by Bessey so they're liquidating their duplicate styles from the Gros-Stabil line. I've picked up 16 clamps through this sale (and sometimes they're even discounted more... sign up for the email list). I got a dozen of the 2" x 12" F-styles for around $3 each, and four 5.5" x 24" for about $18 each. http://www.woodpeck.com/slidingarmclamp.html
My favorite clamps are the Bessey LM which I got at Woodcraft a while back on sale (buy 2, 1 free). They're short with 4.5" openings and only a 2" throat, but I use them for almost everything: temporarily stop block holding; corner clamping (using the squares); and everything else under the sun.
As far as clamping squares... I really like the solid aluminum ones from Woodpeckers. They also sell them under the Pinnacle name at Woodcraft. But they run about $30 a pair. However, you can get good ones from Rockler for about $11 each, but they're much "fatter" and plastic. You can make your own clamping squares. Just poke around in your favorite search engine.... The basic premise is: cut a large triangle with an accurrate 90-degree corner. Notch out a place for clamps to hold.
I like the Woodpeck deal on the Bessey clamps, too.
The idea is to keep checking the sites (Woodcraft, Rockler, Grizzly, Harbor Freight, Woodpeck, etc) and compare prices. Seems like each place has some things on sale and/or they just have a better price on some things. Sign up for the woodpeck emails, too. it's http://www.woodpeck.com for their site.
Good luck, and enjoy the shopping! Get your clamps and such wherever you can find them on sale. But get LOTS!! I've noticed HD in the tool corral will sometimes have the 6" quick-adjust bar clamps on sale. They don't seem to advertise it, they're just there on sale sometimes. Always worth a check when you're in the area.
I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.
I go along with BHD on the Jorgenson Pony clamps. I like to have a few of the #50 and also the #52 which are a bit smaller. Both use threaded iron pipe so you can make them up in various lengths. Please have a look at this web site for some ideas. http://www.adjustableclamp.com/cfix_pg.htm
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