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post #41 of 98 Old 12-24-2014, 12:18 AM
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I just got 4 of my first ever 24" jorgensen parallel clamps with the newer handles, they are awesome!!!! I now have a total of 25 all diff kinds.

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When you only had 437,did you know that you were close to the magic number?
I was thinking "I still have a little more wall space, wonder if I can hit 500 before the wife notices and says STOPPPPPP."
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Curious... Over 400 of what kind of clamps?

We have two of these at work and with three guys I don't think they have ever unloaded and loaded all bays in one 8hr shift..
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post #44 of 98 Old 12-25-2014, 01:26 AM
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A full range of clamps

The K-body's go from 12" to 98".

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OK, Rob ...

You either work for Bessy or you own a tool supply house.
Well, you could just be ungodly wealthy also, not that's that a problem. I would like to see the rest of your "showroom" .... I mean shop....
You are also way too organized, way too neat and clean. Show us some photos of sawdust, if you still have any. Do you have a cleaning assistant, like the TV show Fast and Loud, Richard's beer assistant?

Hope you can take some good natured ribbing, Merry Christmas.

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Somewhere around 250-300 would be my guess after looking around including hand screws, c-clamps, spring clamps, band clamps, 3 way edge clamps, face frame clamps, bar clamps, pipe clamps, corner clamps etc. Had many more but sold mostly parallel clamps and long bar/pipe clamps when I moved the shop back into the garage since those were the ones I used least.

Added 8 more today courtesy of Santa...



1st clamps I ever bought about 30 years ago from Sears...



BTW, do I count double headed clamps twice?!...


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I feel like such a slacker. I have only 108. Time to look for an after Christmas sale.
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Holey moley...i feel like such a noob...less than a dozen for me. 6 spring clamps ( small, medium, &large), six besseys, 4 bars, and four of those double handled wooden jaw clamps that you spin the handles in opposite directions. Okay, make that about 20, not a dozen Not sure if you can count some ratchet tie down straps - I used one when I was glueing up my hammered dulcimer build - being trpezoidal it wasn't something that a bar clamp would work on.
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Holey moley...i feel like such a noob...less than a dozen for me. 6 spring clamps ( small, medium, &large), six besseys, 4 bars, and four of those double handled wooden jaw clamps that you spin the handles in opposite directions. Okay, make that about 20, not a dozen Not sure if you can count some ratchet tie down straps - I used one when I was glueing up my hammered dulcimer build - being trpezoidal it wasn't something that a bar clamp would work on.
Some of these guys just have more clamps than I can ever foresee using unless they have a crew of people doing multiple projects at the same time. If you have enough clamps for your needs I sure wouldn't call yourself a noob. I often glue up multiple panels for making cabinet door panels for an entire house. I could cut and joint all the wood for all the panels and then start gluing however I don't have enough clamps to glue up panels for an hour at a time where I could keep changing them out. To solve this problem I just cut and joint enough wood for the clamps I have and by the time I glue up a set and then cut another set what I have is dry enough to take out of the clamps and do it again so I can keep things going with less clamps.
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not enough! 😄
Yes, what he said.

"Workin hard at loafin!"
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Holey moley...i feel like such a noob...less than a dozen for me. 6 spring clamps ( small, medium, &large), six besseys, 4 bars, and four of those double handled wooden jaw clamps that you spin the handles in opposite directions. Okay, make that about 20, not a dozen Not sure if you can count some ratchet tie down straps - I used one when I was glueing up my hammered dulcimer build - being trpezoidal it wasn't something that a bar clamp would work on.
20years ago I was working out of 8x10 spare bedroom, had to keep it "showroom" clean and had to vacuum everyday to keep SWMBO happy.

10 years ago I move everything into a 8x12 shed and had to keep everything organized. I had 8 C-clamps, 4 bar clamps and 6 spring clamps and they seem to do just fine. I did always have a fairly extensive screw/nail/fastener collection. I neighbor came over one day to borrow a couple large screws and was impressed with my collection and commented on how he wished he could afford them....as he took a puff off the cigarette and a sip of his beer.... "So Don how much do you spend each month on beer/cigs?"..."oh about $100/month".. "that would buy an awful lots of screws/nails over a period of just one year don't you think??".

When it comes to the larger tools, the neighbor buys a new $30K car every 4 years (his wife as well). We drive a 1994, 1995 and a 1999 vehicle. They buy cars, I buy tools (my will last longer).

If what you have works, then I don't see where it matters how many clamps you have.

The only benefit I have is, I have the right clamp in the right size for any project. Yes I could use the extenders and combine two 50" k-bodies but it is much easier to just grab a 98" K-body for an 8' height wall cabinet glue up.
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I would like to see the rest of your "showroom" .... I mean shop....
Hope you can take some good natured ribbing, Merry Christmas.
It has been awhile since I taken full "showroom" photos, I always seem get the idea for taking pictures after I have a good clean up...

But yes, I put tools away and clean up at the end of everyday. A few times when I was out working until 3am in the morning, I would leave it for the next day, but even then I would clean before starting the day.

Since this is just a hobby, I don't have to worry about "profit margins" and spending too much time cleaning and not enough time building and making money at this. And since it is just a hobby and this is going to be my retirement shop, I thought it would be fun to add "theme" colors around the shop (Powermatic "mustard", Bessey Red/black", Festool "green". It is still a work in progress though.
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I had around 30 of various types until yesterday when I got 14 more. I've found that no matter how many clamps of any type I have, I always end up working on a project where I'm 2 clamps short. I think I have enough now (at least until my next project).
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I get it now.Your a collector....Rebelwork
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I get it now.Your a collector....Rebelwork
I collect now that I have the space and can afford them so I will have everything I need when I retire in a few years.

And I didn't realize that folks that build stuff and collect stuff are considered "collectors" and not "woodworkers."

HMMMM...

Build stuff for forty years and not collect = "Woodworker"

Actually afford to buy more stuff than you can use all in one day and continuing making stuff = "Collector" cool. Yep that's me.....

I guess it will save me from taking pics of my "showroom", wouldn't want to physically or mentally distress anyone else......

All in fun............

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By no means take what I say as an insult. Woodworking is what I've done for a living since 1983. Personally I'd rather have the 30k car....

I have a son that will get my tooling but refuse to teach him the trade. Will teach him some construction to save a buck. I will have a chance to bring him in as my apprentice at work but most likely won't. Its a hard enough living for the inexperienced...

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By no means take what I say as an insult. Woodworking is what I've done for a living since 1983. Personally I'd rather have the 30k car....
No way taken as insult. Just having some fun....

I normally don't have a lot of time for online forums, but with the xmas break, I was able to catch up on a number of WW forums I have not been to in awhile......
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No way taken as insult. Just having some fun....

I normally don't have a lot of time for online forums, but with the xmas break, I was able to catch up on a number of WW forums I have not been to in awhile......
So, if you don't mind my asking... what do you do at the present time? That dream shop you have is the envy of anyone who appreciates fine tools and equipment.
We all have our history of how and why we started out in this hobby, in my case it was my Dad who made me a work bench when I was 6. It had a vise and a stool. I didn't understand at the time why he was pissed when I got rid of it, but I sure do now that I have my own son. The little tool tote has also gone it's own way. I remember my first "Commission" was to make plinths, or bases for the famous sculptor, Richard Hunt when I was in college in Chicago, Illinois. They were made with a Skil saw, and a Craftsman 10" table saw and took up the entire living room of the apartment where my mom and I lived. From humble beginnings I came, and with modest success I will leave. It's my hope that my son will appreciate the things that will get passed down to him someday. It's always the journey rather than the destination that matters, like when riding a motorcycle.

Don't give up on the shop photos, I for one would love to see them. Thanks, bill

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My primary work for the past 35 years has been electrical engineering. I got hook on woodworking in Germany in the late 60's. Here some wood dust for those that need to see some.....

(Red oak and padauk sawdust)

Will put shop photos in shop photo thread...later..
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What did you have that festool hooked to to get that kind of dust?
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