Hot New Tools: Damstom 38" Panel Clamp

If your work often involves edge-gluing boards to create panels, you owe it to yourself to check out Damstom Panel Clamps. The innovative over-and-under design eliminates the frustrating problem of panels bowing under clamp pressure. Like most woodworkers, I’ve always alternated my bar clamps—one under, the next one over—when gluing up panels. The method works pretty well, but Damstom’s doubled-up design goes even further by also keeping boards from sliding out of alignment under pressure. Setting up the clamps (see videos at takes a bit of getting used to. However, I found that, after just a few glue-ups, I quickly got my systems down. I tested the 38"-long versions ($59.99), but other sizes are available. The only downside I can see is that the clamps can’t be used for stock less than 3/4" thick. That said, I welcome these helpers to the shop.   

Tester, Paul Anthony
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