Parallel Clamps are used for many different kinds of joining applications. And when they were first introduced, they were designed with one function – to hold the front end of a bolt or nut tightly. Fast forward a few decades and we now have clamps that have other functions – like holding the nut or bolt in an upright position for convenient tightening. What is parallel clamp?
So, how do parallel clamps work? Well, the concept is simple – you take your bolt or nut and apply pressure on both ends with your clamping mechanism. How? By building in adjustable features which give the company specific solutions to your needs. The latest K Bodies REVOlation (KRE) comes with a very large, ergonomic two piece clamping pressure surface. It also has a safety lock to ensure that it’s operating correctly.
The two pieces of the K REVOlation clamp consist of a body and a cover plate with holes spaced apart along the edges. You’ll need to drill pilot holes in the surface of the KRE and use a screwdriver to attach the cover plate to your bolt or nut. After this, install the body onto the KRE and set the angle of the clamp according to your needs. You can experiment with the angle to get a precise angle and the appropriate pressure applied to the pressure plate to lock it in place. This allows you to perform a multitude of tasks using parallel clamps without having to use any wrenches or levers.
The reason why parallel clamps were created is that they allow one side to be stronger than the other. In K REO clamps, you’ll find that there is only one side attached to the bolt or nut, while on parallel clamps, there is both one side and the other locked in to either side. This makes for a lot more flexibility and ease of operation. The best way to demonstrate this flexibility is to compare the weight distribution of the OSB and parallel bar clamps. Bar clamps usually use one bolt to lock one side in while OSB have both bolts on the same side. As the result, the center of gravity moves from one side to the other when performing the same task.
Although many tools have been developed to help woodworkers, none are more helpful and popular than parallel clamps. They are available in many different shapes, sizes and configurations. Because of their strength, durability and versatility, they are used worldwide in woodworking shops and by professionals alike. The following are just some common problems that occur with clamps and how to fix them:
Due to their flexibility, woodworkers often prefer them over more traditional locking bar systems. For example, in using OSB, a woodworker may find that parallel clamps are more convenient because they have fewer restrictions on the width of the work piece. With a wooden bar system, woodworkers find that they must often remove a larger amount of wood to attach it to a wood clamp of equal or even greater size.
Clamp sizing is another big factor when choosing between OSB and parallel clamps. While manufacturers often advertise jaw widths in terms of “one-eighth inch,” many woodworkers and craftsmen choose a much wider jaw clamp to prevent damaging their hands when holding on to a piece of OSB. Some woodworkers prefer a “two-inch-wide jaw clamp,” which provides an increased level of gripping ability and increased stability. There are even cradles available that are equipped with two parallel jaw clamps, allowing the craftsman to transfer both hands quickly to work on different projects.
Many woodworkers rely on these versatile clamps to help them perform their most basic woodworking projects. When choosing the best parallel clamps, it is important for a craftsperson to consider the use of the clamp in relation to his or her specific needs. Different types of wood and various tools can dictate which type of clamp is best suited to a particular project. If the woodworker is unsure as to what type of clamp would best suit his or her needs, he or she should speak with a local craftsperson or hire a professional to assist him or her in making the right choice.