C clamp, a multi functional clamp with many uses.
C clamp are in my opinion the most widely and versatile clamp in the clamp family. They are generally
made of steel or cast iron with the exception of some smaller clamps that made be made of pot metal.
A flat edge is at the top of the C and the bottom has a threaded hole which a large treaded rod screws
These clamps comes in a wide variety of sizes, in length and in the throat depth making it easier to clamp
thicker pieces of stock. Use the proper size for the proper job you are doing and avoid over tightening
that can cause the sliding handle to become bent.
The treaded rod has a round tubular rod running through it at the bottom which enables the tightening
an loosening of the clamp itself. The other end of the treaded rod has a round metal bracket that has
been pressed on that gives it some mobility to compensate for any slight angles. When the clamp is closed
completely the flat end or the anvil of the clamp is in contact with the swivel, (the bracket end).
A C clamp is used by placing a object or objects between the anvil and the swivel head and screwing or
tightening the handle to the desire pressure we need. Special care should be taken when working with
soft or delicate woods. The flat edges of the c clamps can cause marring and indentations of the
surfaces being clamp. One of the ways we can avoid this is to have two scrap pieces of wood to place
on the outer edge of the pieces being clamped thus sandwiches the obect being clamp between the
scraps. Card board or felt also works good to help preventing any marring or indentation to our
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