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  • Corner Clamps for Better Miters

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 22, 2010
    This shop-made miter clamp has many of the same advantages as the expensive metal ones. It’s strong, easy to use,holds project parts both square and flat and allows you to adjust one part at a time.The slot in the bottom lets you examine the back...
  • Quick Router Dado Setup

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 26, 2010
    I shorten the time it takes to rout dadoes with a simple jig made from acrylic.A small, 6-in.x 24-in.piece will do.Mark the point where your router base will ride against the straightedge. Then, measure the exact distance from that point to the center...
  • Overhead Clamp Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 18, 2009
    by Frank Muhvich Storage space is limited in my shop, so my pipe clamps hang from the ceiling. I made this rack from 3/4-in. plywood and attached it to the ceiling joists with 3-in. decking screws. A center block prevents the handles from rotating when...
  • A Great Glue Bottle Tip

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, June 29, 2010
    A Great Glue Bottle Tip I like the narrow tip on refillable glue bottles. What I don’t like is the tiny little cap, which is very easy to lose. The other day I was pawing through shavings on the floor looking for my lost cap when the pencil in my...
  • Spring Clamps Reduce Glue-Up Stress

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 26, 2010
    Gluing up a cabinet in a one-person shop can be stressful. Thankfully, I found a simple cure. A pair of 3-in. spring clamps make sturdy tripod supports on the ends of cabinet parts.They hold everything up while you fit the parts together.Now I don’t...
  • Pipe-Clamp Vise

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    My bench has only one vise, so it needs to be versatile. The jaws on my vise can be positioned to hold objects flat on the bench or cantilevered off the end. In addition, the clamp is removable, so I can still use it for regular clamping jobs. My vise...
  • Double Duty Clamp Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 11, 2009
    by Brian Rajewski One sure thing about clamps is that they’re never close enough when you need them. That’s why I devised this rolling rack. Its 4-in. locking swivel casters easily plow through sawdust and over cracks and power cords (see...
  • Handy Clamp Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 2, 2009
    I store my clamps under my assembly table so they’re always right where I need them. I made a frame to hold the clamps and attached it to the table’s base. The frame is made of 2x10 lumber with a 3/4-in.-thick back, so it’s sturdy enough...
  • Vacuum Glue into a Crack

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Last fall while moving into a new house, I dropped my kitchen table off the back of my pickup truck. The solid oak top suffered a serious crack near one corner. I figured some glue and a clamp would take care of it, but the crack was narrow and the glue...
  • Clamp Doubles as Tail Vise

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 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...
  • Using Wet Wood

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    Q. I'm building outdoor furniture from rough cedar. When I cut the wood, it's soaking wet on the inside. Should I use polyurethane glue since it's a moisture-cure glue? A. Not when the wood is that wet. Polyurethane glue uses moisture to cure...
  • Inside/Outside Frame Clamping

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    I love making small picture frames but I had a problem keeping them square during clamping. I fixed my problem by making a pair of squaring blocks that I spring clamp to the inside of the frame parts before adding the band clamp. I also use outside corner...
  • Q & A: Removing Old Glue

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, September 17, 2012
    Removing Old Glue Q: I’ve got some old furniture that’s been reglued too many times. How do I get the old glue off so I can get back to clean wood? A: If your furniture was made before World War I, there’s a good chance it was put together...
  • Q & A: Rub-Joint Gluing

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 22, 2013
    Q & A: Rub-Joint Gluing Q: My panel glue ups drive me nuts because the boards slide around whenever I clamp them together. Then I end up beating them back into position. What’s going on? A: Most likely you’re putting too much glue on the...
  • Quick-Release Hose Clamp

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, February 10, 2010
    I have a couple tools from which I frequently remove the dust collector hoses. I got tired of getting out my screwdriver and cranking out the adjustment bolt every time. After a bit of experimenting I came up with this quick-release solution that uses...