The One-Hand Band
There are probably more types of clamps than there are
aspiring rock stars. But when you’re steadying a cabinet
in place and trying to keep its face flush with the adjacent
cabinet, the choice of appropriate clamps is limited. The best
clamps I’ve found for fastening cabinets together are
Bessey bar clamps (available from American Clamping Corp., P.O.
Box 399, Batavia, NY 14021; 800/828-1004). They’ve got a
well-machined, smooth-acting lead screw, as well as protective
pads on the pressure points (Figure 2).
2. The author prefers Bessey bar clamps (top)
for holding cabinets together. Quick-Grip Mini Bar
Clamps (bottom) are useful where you must clamp
one-handed. Because they lack the strength to lock the
cabinets in place, however, the author uses them in
combination with Bessey clamps.
You need two hands to work them, but this is seldom a
problem. With the cabinet supported on my wood brackets, I
first lightly clamp it close to its final position. Then I tap
on a block of wood to persuade the cabinet into alignment and
tighten the clamp to lock the cabinet in place.
When I need to steady a cabinet in place with one hand, and
clamp it with the other, I use a pair of Quick-Grip Mini Bar
Clamps (Peterson Manufacturing Co., 415 Industrial Row,
Beatrice, NE 68310; 402/223-7460). Quick-Grip clamps also have
protective pads, but they require only one hand to operate. The
down side is that, unlike the Bessey clamps, the Quick-Grips
lack the pressure required to lock the cabinet in place. I use
the Quick-Grip to hold the cabinet in its approximate position,
then when both hands are freed up, I lock it in place with the