There are a number of clamps available that are required for clamping different components in construction.
A C-clamp is a device that is typically used to clamp and hold a wooden or metal workpiece. It is called a ‘C’ clamp because of its C-shaped frame, but is often called a ‘G-clamp’ as well.
An F-clamp, also known as a bar clamp, speed clamp and sometimes a G-clamp, is very similar to the C-clamp in use, however, it usually comes with a larger capacity. F-clamps are typically used in woodworking when attachments are being made with screws or glue, or in metalwork to hold pieces of welding or bolting.
Handscrew clamps are made from hardwood. They can be angled using the screws and are designed for rounded pieces or small items as well as regular square-sided work. Their hardwood jaws can clamp delicate parts without marking.
One-handed (quick grip) clamps
There are automatic clamps with a quick-release trigger for one-handed clamping and releasing. These are ideal for working in tight areas and contain non-marking pads which give a firm grip and are useful if you don’t want to mark the surface of your work. These clamps also have swivelling jaws which makes them suitable for uneven materials.
Why choose a toolmaker’s clamp?
There are many types of clamps available for different purposes.The toolmaker’s clamp is often chosen as it is a heavy-duty clamping device which is stronger yet smaller than the “C” or “G” type clamps. It is most commonly used for precise clamping during drilling, milling and other machining operations.