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Stick Glue Blocks in Position

Gluing blocks into the corners of butt joints provides good reinforcement. But the technique caused me untold headaches trying to keep things aligned and tight until the glue dried. Then, I figured out this no-fuss way shown at top to clamp the glue blocks in place.

First, I cut two equally sized scrapwood glue blocks. Next, I cut the right-angle clamp block so the length of the face opposite the 90° angle roughly matches the combined width of the joint and glue blocks. A strip of double-faced tape keeps the clamp block positioned while I install the glue blocks and tighten the clamps.

--Roy Kirkpatrick, Sacramento, Calif.

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