Clamps, Clamps - Never enough Clamps.

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Blog entry by Karson posted 05-15-2009 07:26 PM 2185 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was wandering through a Dupont Company Salvage outlet in Wilmington Area of Delaware and I spied a box full of paper clamps. Those of you who work in office buildings are familiar with them. They are used to hold a lot of pages together.

I’ve used rubber bands for clamps before and I thought these would work.

Work they do.

I’m using these to clamp some face boards on my drawers fronts under construction.

Available (at least in my box) in three sizes. 1/4”, 1/2” and 3/4”

I also use them on my story stick.

Where else can you get 100 clamps in a shoe box.

I’m not sure what the retail price is but I got maybe 150 for $4.00

About 65 of the large ones and the rest are the smaller ones.

Check out used furniture outlets, you may find a box full there. This is where these came from. Desks that were taken out of service.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#1 posted 05-15-2009 07:30 PM

Nice salvage. I use the XL paper clamps for around the house & garden. They rust, but they are quite strong.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 05-15-2009 07:34 PM

wow, you are a genius, or I am a little slow today, but calling you a genius makes both of us feel better.
I have a couple boxes of these in my desk drawer, and rairly have that many papers to put together. And I am seemingly always trying to clamp small things together.

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#3 posted 05-15-2009 07:39 PM

great idea!

they are available in every office store (office depot, etc) in bulk.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 05-15-2009 07:42 PM

I will try that too.Nice score Karson

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 05-15-2009 07:49 PM

good Idea

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#6 posted 05-15-2009 07:54 PM

You is thinking outside of the shoebox again!!!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 05-15-2009 08:06 PM

it may be late for a safety week comment, but be careful. you catch your finger in one of those guys and you will have a nasty blood blister. ask me how I know.

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#8 posted 05-15-2009 08:07 PM

thats pretty cool karson…I always envy you guys who are able to get out and get around and find those deals…someday…someday….

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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#9 posted 05-15-2009 08:54 PM

I used to enjoy shopping in those salvage supply type stores down in the Twin Cities.

There was one called the Axman hardware, & another called Crazy Louie’s, in St. Paul.

I bought new cabinet hinges for 25 cents a pair.

Music box movements for $1.00.

I never get down there anymore.

I checked the internet, & Axman still exists.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 05-15-2009 09:10 PM

Karson, this is a pretty good idea. I never would have thought about using them as clamps. So thanks for helping me think “outside the box”.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 05-15-2009 09:16 PM

I use these binder clips to hold rags for wiping on finish. Fold up the rag, clamp it on one side and no more sticky/messy hands.

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#12 posted 05-15-2009 09:53 PM

I have mine strung on a string… leftovers from bringing work home before retirement…

One use is clipping self-stick note paper pad in a convenient location. When I need to make more than a mental note, I grab a pen and jot down something on my hand because I can’t remember the whereabouts of that convenient location.

Furthermore, it can’t just be an ordinary “shoe box.” I suspect one of you (Karson most likely) will post a custom exotic wood dovetail jointed lidded box that contains your treasured metal clips!!

Otherwise, yeah, they do come in handy… but prone to rust. Ollie’s Outlet… Big Lots… are possible sources of cheap stuff like this.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#13 posted 05-15-2009 11:48 PM

I use the 2” and 3” ones for wood, plastics and composits. ...and for those that sew, the smaller clamps will also hold heavier material together very well and can be removed quickly.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#14 posted 05-15-2009 11:53 PM


I have just looked at a1jim’s workshop i think he’s the man on clamps looking on his walls lol…...


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#15 posted 05-16-2009 12:05 AM

150 for $4 is a steal…those are much more exenpsive then the regular paperclips…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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