Clamping Tips and Projects
To make a flat solid-wood tabletop that stays flat throughout its life, you need to choose, prepare, machine, and join its boards correctly. Sound tricky? Not at all -- just follow these tips.
Woodworkers often turn to their hobby to relax. But the time pressure of completing an assembly before the glue dries often creates the very stress you want to avoid. Don't blow a blood vessel: Take a deep breath, kick up your feet, and have a nice herbal tea while you read these helpful tips to help you banish the stress from your glue-up routine.
Big assemblies, tiny projects, curves, and angles all make tough work for getting your clamps in place. These quick tips help you overcome many difficult clamping situations.
Tired of finding your band clamps all balled up in a drawer. Devise these ultra simple holders to keep them in order.
Before you attach new plywood to the top of your workbench when it wears out, our expert offers an alternative that won't put holes in your workbench.
Hardwood clamp blocks make an adequate substitute, but you may have trouble juggling them during the glue-up process.
Too much clamping pressure can result in glue-starved joints. Here's how to keep cool under pressure.
This overhead rack easily holds several dozen small clamps of any type. You can hang your longer bar clamps and pipe clamps directly on the bench itself for convenient, easy access.
Sure, you could fiddle with odd scraps for clamp blocks, but this quick-and-easy clamp block jig will make glue-ups go more smoothly.
To help clamping go smoothly when edge-joining boards, we devised an edge-gluing fixture that directs clamping pressure to the center of the workpieces.
Upright and ready to go when you need them, folded down and out of the way when you don't, these pipe-clamp supports add versatility to any workbench.
Top notch joinery doesn't mean anything if you don't get a good clamp-up. Try these tips to accomplish just that.
There's no substitute for accuracy when cutting frame pieces. Let us show you the way to tight miters.
Do you have some old bicycle inner tubes hanging around? If so, here's a unique way to get more mileage out of them.
For more woodworking plans for organizing your claps and other shop tools, visit the Jigs, Fences, Organizers, and Accessories section within the WOOD Store.
Build this simple press to glue up a stack of bowl blanks or other laminations where you need greater reach than allowed by the throats of most clamps.
Tips, helpers, and pointers from WOOD magazine readers aimed at making your shop time more productive.
Nothing left to know about gluing and clamping? Here are some tried-and-true methods for ensuring your success.