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Putting the squeeze on broken legs

The conventional way of fixing breaks in cylindrical furniture legs often seems like more trouble than it's worth: You have to build a jig to hold the leg, then glue it, and finally clamp it with a C-clamp.

You can do the job just as well--and much faster—with stainless-steel hose clamps as shown in the drawing right. You'll find a wide variety of sizes at most auto-supply stores. To avoid marring the piece when tightening the clamps, insert a strip of cardboard between each clamp and the surface of the work.
—Hal Doolittle, Kirkwood, Mo.

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