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Get a Grip: 8 Clamps to Help You Handle Any Project

One of the most widely used and most versatile clamps, the C-clamp is generally made of steel or cast iron. It comes in a variety of sizes and is operated by turning a threaded rod that closes the "C" when tightened. You can easily overtighten a C-clamp, so take care not to damage softer woods—sandwich your work between blocks of wood, or buffer it with cardboard or felt.

10 Reasons to Go Crazy for Chalkboard Paint

Personalize your mugs, label your storage, and throw creativity up on a wall with these clever uses for the DIYer's favorite and most customizable weapon: chalkboard paint.