Secure your work with heavy duty clamps

By definition, a clamp is a device used to join, grip or support mechanical or structural components. Clamps include any tool with opposing and customizable sides and sizes that can be used for bracing objects temporarily or, in some cases, permanently. Clamps are used to fasten, grip and support a piece of material to ensure precision and safety on a job, and handymen may use a clamp set to secure objects through the application of inward pressure. Although they all serve roughly the same purpose, clamps vary by size and application. They range in type and name, from angle clamps to toggle clamps to corner clamps.

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A clamp can make your building project go much more smoothly, and can be as essential a tool for your carpentry project as a saw, so here is a closer look at a few different kinds of heavy-duty clamps.

Bar Clamps

A bar clamp, sometimes also called an F-clamp due to its shape, has a wide opening capacity. It is light, durable and cheap, and it can be easily adjusted with minimal effort. It is mostly used for woodworking purposes, which means it's a favorite of the home handyman and self-styled artisan. The most common use of the bar clamp is to keep the pieces of a wooden structure together and in place while screws or glue are applied. However, the bar clamp is sometimes also used in metalworking, welding and bolting applications.


The C-clamp is perhaps the most traditional clamp design. It has an adjustable screw through the lower section, allowing you to apply inward pressure on an object by twisting the knob. C-clamps are often made of a heavy metal, such as cast iron, so that they are durable and able to apply steady pressure. Also known as G-clamps, C-clamps are most often used in carpentry and welding.

Pipe Clamps

A pipe clamp is just as simple but a little more unique than other types of clamps. Larger than either the C-clamp or the bar clamp, the pipe clamp uses two heads (or jaws) along a steel pipe to secure objects together. Its design makes it slightly more convenient and quicker to use, and it is often cheaper to purchase than a bar clamp. Pipe clamps are used in woodworking for gluing edges, making them a popular tool for building boxes or cabinets.