Diminutive clamps for delicate glue-ups
I make small, decorative boxes to hold coin and stamp collections, so I frequently have to edge-glue wood as thin as 3⁄16 ". My larger clamps aren't suited to this delicate process, so I made the clamps you see here. The threaded rod and wing nuts give me fine control that lets me carefully control the pressure. I keep small scrapwood clamping cauls and C-clamps on hand. If the workpiece starts to bow as I apply pressure, I simply clamp the cauls on top with a backer board beneath, separating them from the workpiece with waxed paper.
—Merlin Lafferty, Sebring, Fla.