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Woodworking is a solitary pursuit, and one of the benefits of taking a class (or teaching one, for that matter) is the interaction and sharing of ideas that takes place. Good ideas and techniques bounce around and stick with you long after the class is over. Here are a couple cool tricks from today.

Gluing up big laminations can be anxious hours, especially if all those pieces that looked nice and straight shift out of alignment when glue and clamps enter the picture. See the square piece of stock running across the glue-up? It’s just a thick, stiff piece clamped on but it makes the difference between “nice and easy” and “nervous breakdown.” It keeps the edges of the parts aligned as the other clamps squeeze things together. We put one on each end, and at any obvious high or low spots in between, right after gluing. When the other clamps squeeze, the only direction the parts can go in is together.


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