Use Screws for Clamps

You don’t always need clamps. Cut your workpiece a little long, fit the parts, then drill holes near the ends.

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You don’t always need clamps. Cut your workpiece a little long, fit the parts, then drill holes near the ends. Glue up the pieces and screw them together; they’ll line up perfectly. Add clamps in the middle if no glue is squeezing out there. Then just cut off the ends when the glue dries.

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