clamps

Angled Glue-ups

A Better Clamp for Angled Joints

Gluing and clamping angled assemblies – like most chairs – can be a hassle. There are some great strategies for approaching glue-ups, angled and otherwise, in various books including “Glue and Clamps,” but sometimes it just comes down to having the right tool for the job at hand. For years I fought with K-Body...

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Look Ma, No Clamps

A friend of mine used to claim that his favorite tool was his own spit. I’d never claim such a thing publicly, but I do admit to using some rather unorthodox tools at times: I’ve sharpened paint-can keys to scrape off glue squeeze-out, and ground threaded rod into various shapes for stamping wood. In...

In Praise of Cheap, Small Clamps

One of the best-kept secrets in woodworking is the fact that often the most useful devices are not the biggest and most expensive. In the upcoming October issue of Popular Woodworking (mailed to subscribers the last week of August and on sale at newsstands the first week of September) I have an article about...