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Light Duty Bar Clamps

Light duty bar clamps are similar to pipe clamps, but they come with a rectangular steel bar with notches on one edge that allow you to easily adjust how big a clamp you want (standard sizes range from a foot to four feet). Quality varies, and you should look for how precise the clampís casting are and how well made the screw mechanism is.

Clamps with any major amount squeezing force are likely to mar the project surfaces when they are tightened. The most significant factor is the size of the clamp pads, with larger pads spreading the crushing force over a wider surface area. Almost

invariably you will need to use scraps of wood between the work piece and the clamp to distribute the clamping force, so donít overestimate the significant of whether the clamp you are buying comes with rubber or nylon pad covers.
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