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Some may know me as “The woodworker with only one clamp” but I’ve been using different techniques and so far have gotten myself around most glue ups. I would like to know what you would use other than clamps. At the moment I mostly use bricks, rope, rubber bands and anything heavy.

-- Tim, Sydney Australia,,

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#1 posted 388 days ago

Bob Villa has an idea:

-- Ken from Ontario

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#2 posted 388 days ago

For small stuff I’ve used tape and clothes pins.

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#3 posted 388 days ago

Masking tape works great!

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#4 posted 388 days ago

Battery cable clamps are wicked strong.

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#5 posted 388 days ago

Inner tubes. Depending on how you cut them you can get some really big rubber bands and they’re strong. :)

I also like these

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#6 posted 388 days ago

Cool tip Charlie, thanks.

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#8 posted 388 days ago

Ropes with a tourniquet work pretty well too, especially for chair legs.

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#9 posted 388 days ago

I use hot hide glue. On most joints you don’t need clamps. Masking tape helps with alignment but well fitting rub joints just don’t need clamps. Gotta love HHG.

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#10 posted 388 days ago

Do you have a workbench with dog holes?
If so, a pair of wedges work really well.

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#11 posted 388 days ago

Strap or web clamp. One does the job of four! You can also use ratcheting straps used to hold down cargo.

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#12 posted 388 days ago

Wedges, ropes, wheigths, anything at hand

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#13 posted 388 days ago

I’ve used my vise for many glue ups, don’t know if it could be considered a clamp or not ;)

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#14 posted 388 days ago

for many things I use a super glue and an accelerator. so in that case I just use my hands. (be careful not to glue the fingers together!!)

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#15 posted 385 days ago

A couple of these pinch dogs…. :)

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