Be careful to choose the right sized clamp for the job. Don’t try to apply excessive amounts of pressure with a small C-Clamp…or grip a miniature project with a 12″ Hand Screw.
Lightly lubricate the screws on your clamps occasionally to prevent rust.
Always maintain a liberal coat of linseed oil or furniture paste wax on hand screws to prevent glue build-up on the jaws.
The discarded jaws from auto jumper cables make great spring clamps.
When you have to apply clamping pressure directly over a glue joint, cover the joint with waxed paper or kitchen plastic wrap first to keep the jaws of your clamp from being permanently glued to your project.
Small “doughnuts” of foam pipe insulation slipped over the galvanized or steel pipe of your pipe clamps will keep them from touching (and staining) the surfaces of your projects.
If you find that your workpieces want to “slip & slide” during glue-up, first, apply the glue, then rub two pieces of coarse grit sandpaper together lightly above the glue. The grit that comes off the sandpaper will prevent the slippage problem.
Use small pieces of scrapwood as protectors to keep the jaws of your metal clamps from marring workpiece surfaces.
Use a Double Bar Clamp or alternate Aluminum Bar Clamps (one above and one below) when gluing edge-to-edge to prevent buckling.
Mark all workpieces carefully before clamping and gluing to ensure accurate assembly.
To make sure all joints fit properly, dry-clamp all components before gluing them together.
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