Years ago, I was helping a grouchy old cabinetmaker build some small wooden boxes. “These mitered corners are gonna be a nightmare to clamp up,” I said. “No problem,” he muttered. So I waited and watched.He spread a little glue on a corner and held the joint together. And held it… And held it… After a minute or so, he set the corner aside. It stayed stuck together and he repeated the process with the others. Since then, I’ve used this method in a hundred situations where clamping would have been slow, difficult or impossible. Here are some tips for successful “hand clamping”:
- Test before you glue. If you can’t align and force the dry parts together, there’s no way you’ll be able to do it when there's a coat of slippery glue. - In most cases, one minute of holding is enough. But hang on for two minutes just to be safe. - Keep a watch with a second hand within view. Don’t rely on your own sense of time. Two minutes seems like 10 when you’re standing there like a statue.- Handle with care until the glue has time to strengthen. Don’t put any stress on the joint for at least 30 minutes.
— Gary Wentz, Senior Editor
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Ha most of the people I worked with were always grumpy, cranky and had very little patience probably because we usually drank way too much coffee. Another option of joining corners is using duct or painters tape to hold everything together. I often would glue the joints (use a small piece of wood on the inside to hold & verify everything then pop a few tiny brads in the corners to keep everything in tact until the glue officially dries. If I did this frequently I would probably have a jig set up or invest in one of those Kreg Pocket Hole Jig Systems.
When there's a will, there's a way, and this one looks very acceptable. However I would rely on a shopmade jig having to glue-up many pieces. A jig will garanty consistency.
Works best with super glue, usually taking about 30 seconds.
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