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USCJeff

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2652 days ago

How do you all tackle clamping a box with right angles? It’s not much of a problem with most joints, but with miters it is a little tedious to keep them still while clamping. I’ve made some right angle blocks and they work ok. I’ve also used surgical tubing as well. I’d rather not use brads or anything that will require repairing. I don’t own right angle clamps, but have all the basic clamps you would expect. I have not tried locking miters or splines. Given what I have, what would you do?

-- Jeff, South Carolina


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jpw1995

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#1 posted 2652 days ago

I’ve seen tape used in this situation, but I’ve never tried it because I have some right angle clamps. Here is an example.

-- JP, Shelbyville, KY

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 2652 days ago

Have you ever tried laying out all of your sides down flat on the bench, & taping them together. then rolling them together, & taping the final joint. It helps hold the pieces in place while clamping.
It looks like JP answered at the same time. Thats how I did my drums.

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Ethan Sincox

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#3 posted 2652 days ago

To add to the taping tip…

  • Blue painter’s tape works well
  • Lay all of the pieces out on your table saw, insides facing down, in the assembly order. Arrange them so that the bottom edge of each piece is sitting against your TS fence, slide the pieces together so the miters are touching, and then tape them up. That’s an easy way to make sure all of the edges are even.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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fred

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#4 posted 2652 days ago

For cabinet work I use the following type of clamping jig:

Jig

I also made right angle clamping jigs from 3/4” plywood in a variety of sizes that go on the inside of the box from back to front. For me, this works very well.

I tried using the tape method and it works especially well on miters for small boxes. Then I use a smaller clamping jig as well.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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Ethan Sincox

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#5 posted 2652 days ago

Jeff,

I also just got this article in the (e)mail today… Looks like it might work well for at least half the glue-up. For the other half, you’d have to use band clamps or clamping rubberbands or some such thing.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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fred

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#6 posted 2650 days ago

Ethan,

Thanks for the link. That’s a great tip.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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WayneC

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#7 posted 2650 days ago

Nifty Ethan and cheaper than the corner clamps. I belive the ones Fred showed are from Rockler.

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USCJeff

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#8 posted 2650 days ago

Thanks all, I used blue painter’s tape and it held everything in place while I got the clamps in place. Sometimes the best tips are simple. This sure was.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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