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I've recently discovered Ana and I am so excited to actually build something!  But I have been cursed with a personality that wants to know everything about everything before I jump in.  And so I am wondering about clamps.

 

I am going to get a Kreg jig soon, but have not decided on the Jr. ($40) or the whole shebang for $100.  I am going to need clamps regardless of which one I choose and my DH is wondering why I need to spend $100 on something he has never had a need for in his garage.  So in the interest of keeping the overhead cost down, and since I have to buy clamps even if I get the $100 one, I think I am going to have to get the $40 one for now. In the Kreg jig videos on YouTube, they show a Kreg face clamp that
works with the Jr. that seems to make it easier to set up, drill, and
move to the next spot.  Is there another clamp (besides Kreg's--in other
words cheaper) that will work to make it easier to use?

 

 Is it face clamps that I need to make these projects anyway, so the investment will serve 2 purposes (jig and regular building)?  Do I need the right angle clamp? 

 

There seem to be many options as far as kind and size of clamps out there.  Which do I need for Ana's plans?  As a bonus, will it work with the Kreg Jr to speed it up?

 

Thanks for any help!

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I have 1 of the Kreg face clamps and it does a great job holding the jig in place. I bought the $40 jig first and while it's nice to have for a small quick job I ended up buying the $100 get pretty quickly for bigger projects and I think it's absolutely worth the money. There is a thread on here about finding cheaper prices on the kreg jig so check that out! I have numerous other kinds of clamps. I have 2 of these and LOVE them http://www.lowes.com/pd_102543.....ps$y=0$x=0 and I also have these http://www.lowes.com/pd_237537.....i_products. I have some longer clamps that my dad bought for me at Harbor Freight and the prices there were a lot cheaper so check them out. My husband is deployed so I spend a lot of time working alone and the clamps are wonderful.

 

Oh, the only time I use the face clamp is when I'm actually using the jig, otherwise I use my other clamps because it's quicker and easier to adjust them. 

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Your reply was extremely helpful--thank you!  I am glad to know that the only time you use the Kreg face clamp is with the jig.  That does not make it a multiple purpose purchase for me.  I did go out and buy the Jr. and Kreg face clamp today, but after your response I think I might exchange it.  I even had the ad from Rockler to get a price match + 10% (suggested from the thread you mentioned), but changed my mind at the last minute and ended up with the Jr. 

 

If you don't mind another question--what is the difference between the Irwin quick grip Next Generation and the more inexpensive Irwin Quick Grips?  There must be something, because it is quite a difference in price. 

 

Thanks again--you've helped me a lot!  I'll check out Harbor Freight (and maybe start my Christmas list!)

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I found the answer to my own question today when I exchanged the Jr. for the K4.  The difference in price for the Irwin clamps was due to the pounds of force (I think this is the correct way to say this) they can apply.  The $15.97 one (6") can apply 300 lbs. while the 2 pack (6") for $20 can apply 100 pounds and is considered "light duty".  I bought the 2 pack hoping they will suffice.  I don't think the "next generation" label means anything.  Just putting that out there in case anyone else reads this!

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I'm glad I could help!! I don't think having the heavy duty clamps will be any better than the "light" ones. I honestly have no clue what my clamps are rated but they are wonderful when I need a few more hands!! 

 

Enjoy your new toys!!