The Harbor Freight Rule

If you are fortunate enough to have a Harbor Freight store in your area, they are a great place for cheap tools. Of course, that refers to both cost and quality, and at HF, usually a lot more of the latter than the former. But they have a lot of things that are super useful where quality doesn't much matter, or the quality is good enough. Disposable rubber gloves, China bristle brushes, and storage bins/boxes fall into that category. But if your hobby takes you into the realm of construction, such as frame style gaming tables, or actual real furniture, HF has another fantastic item where quality is decent and price is low- clamps. Spring, ratchet grip, C, and F style clamps are all represented, along with a few other less common types. They are all pretty decent, most come with a lifetime guarantee, and usually go for between $3 and $15. And most of the ones I use a lot are less than $8. If you're around a wood worker at all, eventually you'll hear the phrase, "you can never have enough clamps." But if you buy one, any kind, every time you walk into the store, you'll build up a pretty good supply. Since I started this policy, I have yet to encounter a situation where I've been short the number of clamps I needed.