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Forum topic by GoPhillies posted 02-05-2011 06:33 PM 3788 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2011 06:33 PM

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I always have trouble with glue ups on larger boxs with mitered corners. On small boxes, I use large rubber bands and they generally do a good job keeping the corners tight. On larger boxes, the rubber bands don not fit around the box. Just wondering what techniques others use to get tight corner miter joints???

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#1 posted 02-05-2011 06:55 PM

I use a band clamp from pony and one from rockler, there’s also one from bessey. Another thing you can try is glueing two sides together and then glueing those two right angles together. You can also glue 45 degree blocks to a flat piece of stock make two or four of them and then you can clamp one to each side of the box this gives you 90 degree angle to put a regular clamp on to hold the box together. I’ll attach some pics as I find them.
The first pic shows what i was talking about when I said to glu the two block cut at 45 deg. to get a 90 deg. Their doing a picture frame though. You also have a choice to use four or eight of these clamps,

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 07:30 PM

I use a combination of two styles of clamps. I use the square 90 degree brackets and clamps from rockler.. they have two different sizes, and I find they work well to hold the joints square, then I wrap the band clamp around to keep them tight. Seems to work well for me.


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#3 posted 02-05-2011 08:05 PM

I’ve used webbing clamps, like the Pony that bigike mentions with much success, but I’ve found that these Merle clamps are great.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#4 posted 02-05-2011 08:53 PM

I second what Chris said…... the Merle clamps are fantastic. I use them for all my boxes, although I do use rubber bands / tape on my smaller keepsake boxes and such. Anything larger, it’s the Merle clamps for me !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#5 posted 02-05-2011 10:10 PM

I generally use a strap clamp or two depending on the box size. I tighten the clamp(s) partially, realign the sides as necessary, then finish tightening. Sometimes if the sides are not perfectly flat, I’ll add a bar clamp or two as needed to close any gaps.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 02-05-2011 11:29 PM

Thanks for the help and suggestions, might have to order the Merle clamps.

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#7 posted 02-06-2011 12:31 AM

I use quick clamps…....... To keep the edges from slipping apart I use pin nails.

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#8 posted 02-06-2011 02:59 AM

The Merle Band Clamps do a good job … but I hate them!

The spring in the rewind can be a real finger mangler!


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 02-15-2011 07:05 PM

I got this from Lee Valley (VeritasĀ® 4-Way Speed Clamp) and they work GREAT! I am going to buy a second set for taller projects.

-- Measure once, cut twice.

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#10 posted 02-16-2011 03:47 AM

I agree with the Dane….the rewind box has gotten me on more than one occasion. I also find it a bit unwieldy at times, and can easily scratch or mar my work. I use packing tape for a lot of box glue ups, and it works really well. I wouldn’t use it on a toybox mind you, but anything up to shoe box size is ok.

-- Wag more, bark less.

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