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Part of the beauty of Kreg Joinery™ is that after you’ve got your screws tightened down, there’s no more need to clamp the project! With other techniques you’ve got to stop and wait for the glue to dry, but with Kreg Joinery™ you can move on to the next joint while the screws act as mini internal clamps to secure the joint in place. Other times during a project though, clamping is very important and can be quite challenging. Here are two more (not so) common sense tips for clamping in odd situations.

1) Bungee Cord Clamping
If you build a lot of projects that require built-up molding strips (like picture frames), you know it’s often difficult to clamp the pieces together without marring the the surface of the wood. Next time, try a bungee cord! Bungee cords can be found in a variety of lengths at most hardware stores and home centers. You can often find them in large spools at the store, so you can buy just the length you need. They will easily conform to any shape. And best of all, they won’t leave marks on the surface of your project. The bungee cord clamp is easy to use. Just wrap it around the molding a few times, and tie a knot at the end to hold it in place. (Thicker bungee cords give you more clamping power.)

Bungee Clamping

2) Shelf Bracket Squaring
Gluing large pieces of a project together and keeping them at right angles to each other can be a real chore. To eliminate the difficulty and frustration, try reaching for heavy-duty steel shelf brackets. You can find them at any hardware store or home improvement center, and they don’t cost much. These brackets have flat sides, so they can be easily clamped to multiple surfaces of a project, as shown in the photo. Plus, they’re strong enough to hold almost any large assembly square. Another great thing about using shelf brackets is that they already have holes drilled in them. This comes in handy if you need to add spacer blocks. All you have to do is screw a scrap piece of plywood to the bracket, clamp it down, and wait for the glue to dry.

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Shelf Bracket Squaring


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