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When I first starting building, I realized in order to join wood accurately having the right clamp was a necessity.  One type of clamp extremely useful for the DIY builder is a right angle clamp.  I use right angle clamps all the time for many different projects.   There are a number of different options available, and I want to share what I have learned to help you choose the best option for you.

1.  Rockler Clamp-It Assembly Squarerac16

This is technically not a clamp, but the benefit of the Clamp-It Square is that it allows you to use your normal clamps to hold right angles.  This is the cheapest option of the four that I am reviewing and the reason I originally purchased it.

I used the Clamp-It Square a lot on my early projects, but it has some limitations that have caused me to look for other options.  First, it requires two additional clamps to work, and I found it did not do a great job of holding the material as firmly as I prefer.  It is a good choice for the beginning DIY builder, but I suspect if you get more serious about building and woodworking, the Clamp-It will probably not be your primary option.

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Pros:
  • Inexpensive
  • Can be used on all size lumber
Cons:
  • Need 2 clamps to work properly
  • Some jobs will require multiple Clamp-Its to hold wood securely.
How to Buy:

http://www.rockler.com/clamp-it-assembly-square

2.  Bessey W-3  Angle Clamprac9

I use this clamp often, especially when I am not using pocket holes to join wood.  This clamp is fairly easy to use and holds smaller pieces of wood well.  What I like about this clamp is that it is tightened with one hand by turning the handle.  I find it works best with smaller wood, like 1×4 or 1×6.  With bigger wood it does not hold as well, and I often have to use two clamps to hold the wood in place.

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Pros:
  • Works well Smaller wood 1×4 or 1×6
  • Can be used for all types of joinery
  • Able to tighten with one hand
Cons:
  • Does not work well for larger material (1×10 or 1×12)
  • Limited use for 2 inch material
How to Buy:

3.  Kreg Right Angle Clamprac1

This is my favorite clamp.  It is very strong and is great at holding wood when using pocket holes.  It is easy to use, and when it is set up, you can use it with one hand.  Another great feature is that it works well with all sizes of lumber.  When using pocket holes, this is my go-to clamp.  The only downside to this clamp  is that it can only be used with pocket holes.

Pros:
  • Strong clamp
  • Works well on all size wood material
  • Great for use with pocket holes
Cons:
  • Can only be used with pocket holes

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How to Buy:

4.  Kreg 90 Degree Corner Clamprac7

This is my newest clamp, and I have to admit I have only used it a few times.  My first impression when I opened it was that it was smaller than I expected.  I have a number of Kreg clamps, and I was expecting something bulkier and more substantial.  Also, it took some experimentation to figure out how to use it properly.  It is a little more confusing to use than the other clamps.  That being said, when I did figure it out, I was impressed with its strength.  I found that getting the wood in the clamp first and then tightening it firmly in place with the lever on the handle worked well at securing the wood.  I like that this clamp can be used for a lot of different projects, and I imagine that I will use it a lot on my projects where I don’t use pocket holes.rac5

Pros:
  • Can be used for all types of joinery
  • It is strong enough to handle all sizes of lumber.
Cons:
  • More complicated than the other clamps
  • Takes more time to set in place than the other clamps
How to buy:

I hope this review helps anyone who is thinking about buying a right angle clamp.  If you have any questions about the clamps or their functions, let me know.

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