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When it comes to do a bit of DIY sometimes you need three hands, or more. What I'm talking about is when you need to hold two pieces of wood together with one hand, whilst steadying a screw in position with the other, which leaves your third hand to control the drill in order to screw the wood together.
Or, if you have to glue a piece of wood to a door frame, for example, but you have not got the time, or patience, to stand holding the piece there until the glue goes off, (This could take 10-24 hours, and standing holding a piece of wood for that long is not something to look forward to.
This is where the good old fashioned clamp comes into it, and it's fortunate that the clamps have evolved from the heavy metal G clamp to a one handle quick clamp. And it is the quick clamp I am talking about here.....
These are a simple design, one section being static whilst the other section can be moved along in order to grip what ever is in between the two grips. Then, to finish the tightening, a simple squeeze of a trigger to bring the grips closer together, clamping tightly on both side. The 'static' piece is a simple 'L' shape, having a few holes in it and some little grooves along the ridge in the centre. The other piece, the moveable one, is a trigger on the lower half and a grip on the top, this grip having a plastic covering which spreads out the 'weight' so the work it grips is left undamaged.
To use it you just place the two pieces over the work you want clamping, then pull the trigger enough times until the work is clamped properly. You can go about what you're doing. To release the clamp you simple press the little yellow button on the other side of the handle and the grip is loosened. And that's them in a nutshell.
These type of clamps are a god send when it comes to ease of use, being able to use them with one hand whilst you hold the work with the other. They save not only time but frustration too.
These clamps are on the market in many guides, with some begin cheap and nasty, which waste not just money but time too. This is why these are on the more expensive range of clamps, selling for about £20 each. Although you can buy sets which may save a few quid the more you buy.
Dewalt DWS5026 Plunge Saw Clamp For Guide Rail Clamps for use with Dewalt guide rails which can be found here / These are specific clamps which fit into the recess of the guide rail for the Dewalt plunge saw / Allowing quick and effective clamping for guide rails, these quick clamps anchor in the slot under the rail for unobtrusive clamping on to the work piece / About Dewalt Dewalt is a worldwide brand of power tools for the construction, industrial and woodworking industr