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  • Space-Saving Clamp Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, July 2, 2010
    Space-Saving Clamp Rack My bench is too small for big glue-ups. The only spot large enough is a little bit of open floor in my basement shop. I wasn’t about to try glue-ups on the floor, so I had to get creative. My space-saving clamp rack was the...
  • Universal Clamp Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, February 10, 2010
    Universal Clamp Rack I’ve tried several designs for clamp racks but this one’s the best because it holds lots of different types of clamps. It’s also very simple to build. I used 1/2-in. metal electrical conduit pipe and two 36-in. pieces...
  • Cabinet Door Clamp Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 14, 2010
    My burgeoning collection of spring clamps and small bar clamps was crying out for a storage solution. The doors on my shop cabinet offered just the place for hanging a couple simple racks for my wayward clamps. Just screw a 1x2 strip to the door for small...
  • Clamp Camp

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    I’ve got a lot of clamps, but they don’t take up much space. I simply drilled 5/8-in.-dia. holes through 3/4-in. plywood at a slight upward angle and glued in 9-in.-long 5/8-in.-dia. dowels. Each pair of dowels holds six clamps, so I can hang...
  • Longer-Lasting Polyurethane Glue

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Polyurethane glue is great stuff but has a short shelf life after the bottle is opened. That’s because the humidity in the air inside the bottle causes the glue to slowly cure. I found I can extend the shelf life by squeezing out the air. I keep...
  • Clamp Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 7, 2009
    I don’t have room in my garage shop for a permanent clamp table, so I made this folding version from a leftover 2-ft.-wide sheet of 3/4-in.-thick plywood. Folded, it’s less than 2 in. thick, so it stores neatly in a narrow space. First, I...
  • Clamp Doubles as Tail Vise

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, November 25, 2009
    After years of wishing my old workbench had a tail vise, I realized I could make one of my new Jorgensen Cabinet Master bar clamps do the job. All I had to do was reverse the sliding lower jaw (it’s removable) and mount the bar and fixed jaw under...
  • Glowing Glue

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 17, 2009
    Oh, it’s a sneaky devil. That little bit of squeeze-out that was left behind when you glued up your project. It hides, unseen until you get the first coat of finish on. There, glaring at you, is a spot that won’t take finish. You can shed...
  • Bench-Mount Clamp

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 17, 2009
    The new Versa Clamp, $35, from TS Tool Co., is a quick-acting clamp that doubles as a holding device on your workbench. It comes with two mounting brackets that you can permanently mount to your bench. The clamp easily slips in and out of the brackets...
  • 7 Classic Ways to Store Clamps

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 2, 2009
    Conquer Your Clamp Conundrums with These Simple Solutions by Tim Johnson “You can’t have too many clamps,” a wise cabinetmaker once told me. That’s certainly true, but in a small shop, you can easily run out of room to store them...
  • New Glue for Outdoor Projects

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 1, 2008
    Franklin International has built the better mousetrap and introduced Titebond III. It has a longer open working time and lower working temperature. The open working time is 10 minutes as compared to the 5 minutes of Titebond II. Titebond III can also...