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Tame tricky clamp-ups

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Overcome odd clamp-ups
Squaring up taper parts
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Fit the offcuts of tapered legs against
the legs they were cut from to
re-create parallel clamping surfaces.
In some cases, you may be able to
first assemble the parts when
square, and then taper them
afterward.
Orange band around triangle piece
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For clamping jobs with out-of-
the-ordinary corners, a band clamp
applies even pressure to all joints.
Many come with corner blocks to
prevent crushed corners and keep
glue squeeze-out off the strap.

Overcome odd clamp-ups

When you can't clamp directly across a joint, such as in the assembly shown at the top of page 18, insert spacers between the legs to equalize the clamping pressure along the assembly's length. When cutting tapered parts, save the offcuts (right) to use as cauls. If you find yourself regularly building un-square projects, purchase a band clamp (below right) -- it greatly reduces the hassle of those clamp-ups.

More Resources

  • Watch clamping and sanding tricks for perfectly flat panels at woodmagazine.com/clampflat.
  • Find nine more clamping tips at woodmagazine.com/clamptips.
  • Check out our favorite clamps and clamping accessories at woodmagazine.com/clampreviews.


 

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