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Tame tricky clamp-ups

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Tackle it with tape
Blue tape with wooden pieces on it
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Align mitered box sides tip-to-tip on a
long strip of painter's tape; then, roll
up the assembly for tightly clamped
Blue tape holding up side of box
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On delicate clamp-ups where the
weight of the clamp could collapse
the assembly, painter's tape offers
a light but firm grip.

Tackle it with tape

Flexible, disposable, and adjustable, painter's tape -- available at most home centers -- excels at holding small parts securely. Use it when an assembly lacks adequate clamping area, has an unusual shape that makes it difficult to get clamps in place without creating a crisscrossed mess (right), or is too delicate for clamps (below right).

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