My name is A.J. I’m a clampaholic.

I’ve been shopping a lot lately for some shop stuff I desperately needed. Nothing I’d run out of, nothing that had to be replaced, nothing I couldn’t finish a project without. I needed them nonetheless. I bought more clamps.

I didn’t mean to do it, but several clamp bargains popped up and, knowing I’d regret it if it let them pass by, I took advantage of them. All of them.

One of the big catalog suppliers sends me a weekly e-mail, and in one of the latest ones they had some 36″ Jet bar clamps at half price, plus free shipping if you ordered online. That was a no-brainer. I was limited to buying only six, so that’s what I got.

I log into eBay a few times a week, and happened to check out some auctions from a tool guy I’ve bought from before. He had five-packs of 18″ Quick-Grip clamps, new and in the original shipping boxes. So I bought a box.

Last but not least, one of the big-box stores – can’t remember if it was the orange one or the blue one – had a big barrel filled with 4″ Bessey bar clamps at the checkout counter. These usually go for $7 or so apiece, but these were all half price. I reached in and grabbed a handful, and didn’t even count. Just dumped what I could get in one hand on the counter. There were seven of them.

Those little Besseys went into my clamp bucket with all my other little Besseys, but I have absolutely no place to put those larger ones. My clamp rack is not only filled, but I have clamps clamped onto the rack edges, clamps clamped onto shelves, and clamps clamped on other clamps. What a lovely dilemma.

And I want more. And I’m going to get more.

Thank goodness there’s no 12-step program for this.

Till next time,



  • BrianC says:


    There is a group called Woodworker’s Anonymous on the Web. I don’t know much about them but according to the group’s Web site, “Woodworkers Anonymous is a group dedicated to woodworkers and their problems. This group is for people that need help with their woodworking problems, also it can help those unfortunate people who are addicted to woodworking.”

    Maybe you should check it out before your problem becomes more serious.

    Good luck.


  • A.J. Hamler says:

    What problem?


  • MikeF says:

    Don’t see any problem here. By the way, where did you get those Jet clamps for half off? I could really use more!

  • Mark Lorge says:

    There are three things in life you can never have too much of:
    1) Love
    2) Money
    3) Clamps

  • Peter Spirito says:

    Norm says you can never have too many clamps. Thats good enough for me.

  • Lennis says:

    When my wife and I 1st met she showed a lot of interest in woodworking. In fact, she has been a tremdous helper. But one of the 1st things I told her was “You can never have to many clamps”. It’s been the best investment I’ve ever made : – ).

  • A.J. Hamler says:


    It was Rockler. They had the same clamps on sale about two months ago listed in their e-mail newsletter, and at the time I was going to get some before the sale was over. But I snoozed, and I loozed — two days after getting the newsletter I went to order some of the clamps and they were all gone. Fortunately, the sale popped up again a couple weeks ago. Needless to say, I didn’t tarry, but ordered them as soon as I got the e-mail.


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