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These clamps are great when working alone. I use them to hold one end of a board while I nail the other. I can either clamp the board straight to the post or put the clamp on the post and let the board rest on it. These hold tight and keep the board from slipping. The cheaper Harbor Freight clamps I have used in the past did not hold well enough.
I have several of these that I use when ever I am completing a wood working project. I have build a poker table, domino table, and recent some storage shelves and used these Irwin clamps.
I don't use them every day but have owned them for about a year.
I love all of the Irwin Quick-Grip clamps. I have quite a collection. My favorite being the 36", for obvious reasons. These mini clamps are just as good of quality. Once they're tightened, they don't budge like the cheapo brands.
You'll often find these on sale at Home Depot, a pack of 4 of these, plus 4 squeeze clamps for $25. If you buy them by themselves, they are a bit pricey. The pads are a high-quality rubber, they don't leave scuffs and don't slip off the clamp easily.
I use a ton of these when gluing smaller cabinet pieces. The are very versatile and easy to operate. The only problem I've had is with the rubber pads sliding off on occasion, but that is common with these types of clamps.
These always come in handy when you need an extra hand. I've used them for setting a straight edge ripping ply, setting a string line on structural steel/angle iron, clamping together pieces being laminated, supporting the far end of a board against a post, holding a vertical piece to the right height for fastening, even rigging sono-tubes to be lifted over a cage. Plenty of uses, lots of grip strength, and cheap enough that you should always have a set around.