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Review…Ulmia Miter Clamps and Pinch Clamps

Ulmia miter clamps and pinch clamps for miter joints - Ulmia miter clamps for woodworking projects

Ulmia miter clamps and pinch clamps for miter joints

Ulmia Miter Clamps and Pinch Clamps

Ulmia miter clamps are simply amazing woodworking tools. A number of woodworkers have inquired about the Ulmia miter clamps used in the articles and videos of this blog. So, here is my response and a woodworking tool review of the Ulmia Miter Clamp set and Ulmia Pinch Clamps. These are terrific tools for clamping corners. Read on and you will understand why.

Over 30 years ago I took a deep breath as I purchased what I thought at the time were expensive woodworking tools for joining miter joints. The Ulmia miter clamps consist of a set of specialized pliers and clamp rings. There are also the smaller spring pinch clamps for securing an dead-on fit for the smaller miters. These clamping devices had a prominent place in my tool box 30 years ago and they still do today. Back then for a young carpenter serving my apprenticeship they seemed pretty pricey. However, the purchase was made as an investment and over time the investment has paid off handsomely. It’s hard to count the number of times that the Ulmia spring clamps and spring pinch clamps have been used on various wood projects. Simply put, these clamps have made the quality of my finish carpentry and woodworking in the shop much better. Here’s why.

Ulmia Pliers, ring clamps, and picture frame miter joints - Ulmia Miter Clamps and Pinch Clamps.

Ulmia Pliers, ring clamps, and picture frame miter joints.

As finish carpenters and woodworkers we often work with miter joints. We may cut miters for all types of moulding…crown, base, chair rail, you name it. Anytime we fit and glue miters we need to secure the joint until the glue sets. The same applies to many other miter situations with wood projects in the shop and the Ulmia miter clamps do a superb job. These tools are a cinch to work with as they allow the woodworker to simply go from miter to miter with ease. The Ulmia pliers and ring clamps work well on larger miter joints when more pressure is needed to secure the joint. The Ulmia spring pinch clamps perform well for the smaller miter joints requiring less pressure. I recommend these tools in a heartbeat and chances are you’ll be glad to have them when gluing miter joints in your woodworking shop. The Ulmia miter clamps allow the woodworker to work more accurately while working faster. The Ulmia miter clamps and spring pinch clamps definitely allow the finish carpenter and woodworker to work with a greater sense of self confidence. Simply align the miter joint and fasten the miter clamp. Keep in mind, these priceless tool will last you a lifetime.

Here are examples of why I enjoy working with the Ulmia miter clamps and spring pinch clamps.

Ulmia Spring Pinch clamp secures a glued miter joint - Ulmia Miter Clamps and Pinch Clamps

An Ulmia Pinch clamp secures a glued miter joint.

Related Videos and Articles:

Let’s Build a Jewelry Box…Part 3

Let’s Make Picture Frames with the Dedicated Miter Sled

Mastering the Miter Joint

How to Make Perfect Miter Joints

The Apprentice and The Journeyman University


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  1. Anthony Welch says

    Apparently these will leave divets in the wood. Are they shallow enough to hand sand out or is this an application where you spline the corners.

    Just became interested in inlay making and (although you don’t explain or narrate) I find your videos very instructive. I have most of the tools you are using except for a planer, drum sander and jointer, but hopefully they will be added soon.

    I would like to see how you make different patterns, as I’m better at learning by seeing than reading.


  2. Anthony,

    Your concern about leaving small divets in the wood is the same concern that most people have about the Ulmia miter clamps and pinch clamps in the beginning. It’s a non-issue tho. (You’ll understand when you have experience using them.) Miter joints require very little pressure when they are properly cut and mated. So, that is the important thing…making sure that you have an accurately cut miter.

    Guys get into trouble when they have a poor fitting miter joint and then they try to close the joint with excessive pressure. If they use these clamps with a ton of pressure, they will then get divets. …not a good idea!

    Many times you will see me create spline miter joints. During the glue-up of the miter joint, I have made it a habit of placing the points of the clamps where the spline will be cut. So, just in case if there were any small divets, they would be removed during the cutting of the slots for the spline.

    Concerning the making of wood inlay bandings…I have made many videos of the process and have also written extensively on this blog about various patterns and the process of creating wood inlay bandings. I would suggest that you watch these videos repeatedly. If you only watch the video once, you will likely miss many things of importance. (some things I am sharing are subtle, yet important.) Also, make sure to read and study the articles. There is very little information to be found about making wood inlay bandings. So, watch the techniques that I’m sharing with you, commit to learning them, and you will be making wood inlay bandings that you will be proud of making. Enjoy the process!
    Let me know how it works for you,

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