I’ve gotten so many questions about the “red corner clamps” people have been seeing in my cabinet building posts. This post and show you my new favorite angle clamps. For a couple years, I used some cheap Harbor Freight clamps. They both broke after not too long. After extensive research, I purchased two Bessey Angle Clamps. Been loving them ever since. Even bought two more.
What I like:
- There is only one handle to tighten the whole clamp, unlike my previous HF clamp where I had to tighten each side individually. This is great because you can hold the cabinet with one hand and tighten the clamp with the other!
- The thread on the bold is very wide so you don’t have to crank the handle 10 times to close up the clamp. One turn moves the clamp up quite a bit on the bolt.
- You can join material of different thicknesses. The Bessey clamp auto adjusts to the thickness of the material on each side of the clamp. There is no minimum thickness — this thing will close up completely. I haven’t measured how wide it will open but it handles at least up to 2x material.
- Single handed release. When I’m done building, I can grab a clamp with each hand, crank the handle and pull the clamps off the cabinet in a single, smooth movement. Which for me, is a plus because I tend to move fast and like to eliminate fiddle factor where I can.
Using angle clamps holds the cabinet parts square to each other while I secure them with fasteners. These new clamps are a great investment and have proven themselves worthy of a prominent spot on my workshop wall!
Affiliate links if you would like to get some — $21 each from Amazon – Clamp only