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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    WNY, Buffalo Area

    New Clamps

    The other day i picked up my 1st set of Bessey K-Body Clamps.

    I got 2 24in, 2 40in, and the KP blocks. Rockler advertised this as a set for about $160. However, they didn't have them as a box set, so one of the sales guys took all of the seperate items and rang them out as the package. It actually came out to about $2 less than the price in the catalog.

    Here you can see I already have the 24in'ers hard at work on a cutting board I'm doing.
    Last edited by Sean Wright; 11-03-2007 at 07:56 AM.
    We create with our hands in wood what our mind sees in thought.
    Disclosure: Formerly was a part-time sales person & instructor at WoodCraft in Buffalo, NY.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    I got mine a while back (Thanks again Greg Cook) and boy they are a step above the cheapo F-clamps I'm used to.

    Nice cutting board too!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Sean, you are right....the Bessey K-Body's are great!!! And going on personal experience gained this week, after gluing up four of that exact same cutting board at one time, you will soon find that you will need more....QUICKLY!!!

    - Keith

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
    Congratulations! I trust that you will continue to get good results from these clamps. I find the Bessey K-body clamps a little finicky to use but well worth the effort.
    Cheers, Frank

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    That kit is the first set of parallel clamps I ever bought (back a few years). They taught me the joys of K-Body (and the like) clamps. Very nice.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  6. #6
    Don Taylor is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    You are going to love them Sean. I work mine to death!


  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Yeah, using good parallel clamps for the first time is an eye-opening event. May as well start saving your lunch money now Sean, because you will wanting more of them.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  8. #8

    Bessey K body clamps

    I have four 24" , four 30" and four 48" K-body clamps and love em! I want
    to get some 12" clamps but will have to order them. My local woodworking
    dealer has started carrying JET parallel clamps and has some 12" clamps in
    stock. I prefer the Bessey clamps but have read good things about the
    JET clamps. Any one have the JET clamps? If so, let me know what you
    think about them and whether they are as good as the Besseys.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Oak Harbor Washington on Whidbey Island
    Bessey K body clamps are real nice. I don't have any but they are real nice.

    So what is the consensus on the Jet clamps? I kinda like the way they look & operate from what I've seen in the store.
    "Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
    "If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    I've got several Besseys and a half dozen or so of the Jets. They both work fine, but i find that i reach for the Jets more often. The quick release lever is really handy, the jaws are wider and deeper, the handles fit my hand better, and the bench dogs that screw into them are really useful when glueing up panels. The inch markers on them are something i never use, but i guess, like everything else, that's just a matter of preference.
    The Jets aren't polished up as nicely as the Besseys, but they work just as well. If you like the Besseys better than the Jets, you might look at the Woodcraft line that came out this past year. It's made by Bessey, and is essentially the same as the K-body clamps except that the bar is painted, not nickle plated. They are a bit less expensive as well.
    Paul Hubbman

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