Right Angle Clamp Jigs

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Blog entry by David Craig posted 01-14-2010 06:36 AM 22557 reads 34 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had to do a glue up of a shoe rack for a friend today so I finally got around to making some right angled clamps. Design mostly inspired by Wood magazine. It is a tip most woodworkers are familiar with but is worth a frequent repeat.

There are many ads out there for various types of right angled clamps. Most are made from plastic, some from aluminum and other metals. They are used to assist in keeping any box type project square while fastening. I didn’t feel like buying them so I took a half an hour out of my day and made a half dozen of them. I had a long 6 inch wide piece of plywood left over from another project and cut out 6 inch squares. I cut them in half on the bandsaw and cut kerfs parallel to the 2 straight edges. This allows for clamping. I cut off the corner piece to allow room for glue squeeze out that won’t result in the jig becoming a permanent fixture of the rack.

You can make them any size you like. When you cut them in half, you do not have to be perfect in the cut (good thing for me) as long as the two edges are square and the kerfs are truly parallel to the edges. Good idea to use a fence to keep the cuts straight. I know most of you are already familiar with these and probably have offered the same tip numerous times. Just one of those items I felt was worth repeating. If you don’t like the jigs, you can always give them out as crowns, or tell your significant other the W stands for “Wife” and you wanted to keep her presence in the shop :) Or, you can just make a star.

Right Angle Clamp Jigs

Happy woodworking,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#1 posted 01-14-2010 07:50 AM

Nice design. I like the glue relief corner. The ones I have seen are all like you mentioned, metal, or plastic. These are nicer and quick to make.

Thanks for posting.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#2 posted 01-14-2010 07:52 AM

Yup, Definetly a tip worth passing on

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#3 posted 01-14-2010 08:24 AM

good idea

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 01-14-2010 10:21 AM

Those are neat. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to make a frame and gave up.


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#5 posted 01-14-2010 01:32 PM

Thanks I’ll be making some soon.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#6 posted 01-14-2010 04:09 PM

Great idea David. I’ve seen these before just never got round to making them. Think now I will!

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 01-14-2010 04:58 PM

I like them. Strong and simple. Into my favorites it goes! Thanks for posting these David.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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David Craig

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#8 posted 01-14-2010 05:17 PM

Warning! Warning! Newbie Rush! – I am afraid I have left a few friends confused. “Hey Dave, what’s going on?” “I looked on Lumberjocks and I have been favorited by Mike and Jim and had received positive feedback from Scrappy, Jordan and Mike from Michigan!” “Huh?” “Gotta go, I have a few more people to call…” “Uh, Ok…”

Sorry guys, but you all are kind of my heroes :) I just wish I could take credit for the design.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#9 posted 01-14-2010 06:14 PM

David, weather you take credit for the design or not this is a great idea and a great explanation. This is something that sooner or later we all have a use for, deffinatly going to my favorite list…Thank You

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#10 posted 01-23-2010 02:15 AM

Adding to my favorites as well….it never hurts to pass along great tips , David : )
Square is square no matter what the material : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 10-02-2013 10:09 PM

What a great idea. I’ll be making some very soon.

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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