Learn How to Clamp
Improve your woodworking skills and glue joints with these 18 tips to show you how to clamp like a veteran woodworker. Our pro shows you shortcuts that eliminate the need for a stack of expensive or special clamps.
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Cauls Keep Glue-Ups Flat and Flush
Apply pressure with water
Shift clamps to square your work
Use one caul instead of many clamps
Iron out veneer-clamping problems
Hold it square
Long-jaw hand screw
Magnetic clamp pads
How to clamp with tape
Convertible pipe clamps
A dry run is a must-do
Put the pinch on miter joints
Essential Clamps for Beginning Woodworkers (and Everyone Else)
Pipe clamps: Pipe clamps are the everyday, high-pressure workhorses of woodworking. Because you can quickly screw the clamps onto different lengths of pipe, one set of pipe clamps does the same work as several lengths of bar clamps. Buy pipes in 2-, 3- and 4-ft. lengths and you're ready for most situations.
Bar clamps: Quicker and easier to use than pipe clamps, light-duty bar clamps are perfect when you need a long reach and moderate pressure.
Spring clamps: These are the fastest helpers for holding your work in place or doing light-pressure clamping.