5 (Not So) Common Sense Clamping Tips
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5 (Not So) Common Sense Clamping Tips

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 five (not so) common sense tips for clamping in odd situations.

1) Pipe Clamp Extenders
There aren’t many things more frustrating than trying to clamp something down only to realize that your clamp is not quite long enough or with a large enough opening. If you’re working with pipe clamps though, the solution is almost too easy! The simplest way to extend the reach of your pipe clamps is by adding a pipe coupler to the end of the pipe. Then, add an extra length of threaded pipe to the end to allow the clamp to reach farther.

If you don’t have an extra length of pipe lying around, you can create your own extension with just a few simple blocks of wood.

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2) Cam Clamping Table
Clamping small and odd-shaped pieces is sometimes a challenge. Here’s a handy solution that might just save you a ton of time if you’ve got more than a few projects to build. Use 4” diameter plywood disks. Start by drilling a small hole sized to match a Kreg screw that’s offset by about 1/16”. This off-center hole is what turns the plywood disk into a cam for clamping action. To use the cams, simply fasten them to a piece of plywood so the shortest ‘radius’ is against the project. Then, add two small cleats at right angles at a pre-determined distance from the cams so that your workpieces barely fit in between. When you’re ready, turn the disks and watch as the cam action tightens against the project.

3) 90 Degree Corner Clamp
This unique clamp from Kreg automatically aligns joints to a 90 degree angle when compressed. It’s uniquely designed for Kreg Joinery™ and is perfect for drawer assembly, shelving, and other panel construction. The clamp’s innovative swivel head can easily adjust for thicknesses up to 1-1/4” and it’s large heat-treated steel clamping surface protects soft woods against workpiece imprint. It’s the perfect helping hand for your shop! Learn More

4) Rubber Bands
The trick is simple and a great time saver. Use rubber bands to clamp up edging. Just stretch the rubber band over the glued plywood edging and add a spring clamp to hold it securely in place.

5) Tape
No rubber bands lying around? Another easy way you can hold edging in position on a project while the glue sets up is to simply use a few strips of masking tape. Just pull the tape tightly around the edge of the project. Because the edging is so light and it doesn’t require much pressure, you’ll find that tape is plenty strong enough to do the trick.


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