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