Clamps and Clamping

Tame project glue-up and assembly tasks with these handy clamping tips and tricks. Learn about bar clamps, parallel-jaw clamps, and specialty clamps & accessories and how to get the most out of them.

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Tame tricky clamp-ups
Before tackling a difficult clamp-up, walk through it first without glue (known as a "dry fit").
Right-angle brace gives you a corner on clamping tasks
Anytime you need to hold two large workpieces at a right angle, say while you're screwing or gluing them together, you need one or more of these plywood triangles.
Tips for hassle-free glue ups
Woodworkers often turn to their hobby to relax. But the time pressure of completing an assembly before the glue dries often creates the very stress you want to avoid. Don't blow a blood vessel: Take a deep breath, kick up your feet, and have a nice herbal tea while you read these helpful tips to help you banish the stress from your glue-up routine.
Clamp Beyond Your Clamp Capacity
Every bit as frustrating as not having enough clamps is not having clamps that reach where needed. Whether you need to span a cabinet or wide panel, or apply clamping force beyond the reach of a clamp's jaws, these tips help you stretch your clamp's potential. And you won't have to store all those long bars or pipes.
A Woodworker's Basic Tool Kit
What tools does a beginning woodworker need, and how should he or she acquire them? From a poll of WOOD® magazine staff members, we assembled a basic tool kit.

More Clamps and Clamping

Take it easy with clamping pressure
As a newcomer to woodworking, I'm not sure how much clamping pressure to use on joints made with woodworker's yellow glue. Can you give me some guidelines?
Bench Vises
Here’s a rundown on the different types of vises, and which one or two would be best for your workbench.