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Irwin Quick-Grip Clamps, Irwin Tools, varying prices

I used to only use iron C-clamps for my woodworking because they were what I had on hand. But it was always a pain to screw them to the right width and then use scrap wood in between the clamp and piece I was working on so as not to mar the wood. Quick-Grip clamps changed all that. They adjust to the right size in a snap, and then tighten with a few quick squeezes on the trigger. With the attached rubber feet you no longer have to worry about leaving marks in your work, and they come in a dizzying array of sizes.

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


  1. Isaac Dover says:

    $575?! Please tell me this is a typo.

    1. Isaac Dover says:

      Err, I was commenting about the Crown marking gauge.

      1. oh yes, that was most definitely a typo. Sorry about that. The price is 46.99 – here’s the link – http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2000424/3753/crown-rosewood-and-brass-marking-gauge.aspx

  2. Joshua Lenord says:

    Sorry to nit-pick, but the image for the marking gauge is incorrect. What is depicted is mortise gauge, if you notice the twin points for marking the longer edges of a mortise, which are adjustable to mark different mortise widths, a marking gauge only has one point.

    1. Interesting, because the Woodcraft link I posted lists has that picture in the listing for a marking gauge. I never knew there was a difference. In any case, the pins on this tool are removable, so it can be used to score just one line if you wish.

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