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13 Ways Master Woodworkers Use Wood Clamps

Pro woodworkers share their best tips and tricks for clamping wood, whether you are on the worksite or in the workshop. These are the go-to wood clamps of choice.

How to Make a Paper Towel Holder for Your Kitchen

Here's a quick and easy project to manage messes and spills.


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How to Clamp

A professional woodworker shows you simple clamping techniques that make stronger glued joints


PVC Clamp Hack: Bar Clamp Cover

Protect your project from marring with this simple trick


No-Gimmick Fence Clamps

You may think this woodworking gadget is a gimmick at first glance, but it works!

28 Secret Clamping Tricks from Woodworkers

Clamps are a woodworker's best friend, and there are endless ways to use them in the workshop. Here are 28...


Easiest Way to Remember Which Way to Tighten Clamps

Hand screw wood clamps are some of the most useful and versatile tools in my shop. But I always forget...

10-Minute Clamp Hack That Will Save Your Hands

Make clamping much easier on your hands with this quick trick.


The Brilliant Miter Aid Measuring Clamp

Stop the tedious task of measuring miter joints with this incredible measuring clamp.


Makeshift Small-Parts Clamp

Make a small-parts clamp by wrapping a rubber band around the jaws of a needle-nose pliers.


Brilliant Miter Box Clamp

Try this trick for clamping moldings and lumber tightly inside your miter box.

Handsaw Cutting Clamp

When you’re cutting with a handsaw, it’s hard to get an accurate start.


Sneaky Way to Hide Wires

If you’re running phone wire around a door, create homemade wire clamps from a clear plastic soda bottle.


Trigger-Style Bench Clamps

Make your clamps even more useful with this amazing, quick trick.


Clothes Hanger Bag Clamp

Save those pants hangers to make your own bag clamps.


Amazing Miter Joint Clamp

Make these amazing miter joint clamps now so that you have them the next time someone needs a frame.

Quick Caulk Clamp

Save face by reaching for a caulk gun to finish a glueing project if you've forgotten your clamps.


Clamp Extenders

Build some clever plywood clamp extenders to use when bar clamps are too short to do the job. It beats...


Overhead Spring Clamps

If you have a shop in the garage, try this tip from reader Dan Amstutz. Clip all of your spring...


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.


Spring Clamp Storage Tray

Serve up your spring clamps on a tray—a slotted piece of 3/4-in. plywood with 1/4-in. plywood fins glued in the...


Home-Made Miter Clamps

Don’t spend money on store-bought miter clamps—make your own! All you have to do is cut a couple 8-in. x...


Kind and Gentle Clamp Jaws

Clamping up projects without sticking bumper boards between the clamps and the wood is easy, with this simple tip.


On-Board Hold-Down Clamp

This easy-to-build hold-down clamp adds great clamping versatility to any workbench and is quick to install.

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Unclamping with a Pipe Clamp

Convert a pipe clamp—the type with a sliding crank handle—into a handy aid for disassembling old furniture.


Bar Clamp Vise

Slender, curvy workpieces tend to slip and slide in regular woodworking vises, so try Richard Chowin’s great alternative.


Clamp Stabilizers from Foam Insulation

Do your pipe and bar clamps flop over during gluing jobs—and cause you to come unglued along with the boards?...


Ferocious Miter Clamp

This customized spring clamp applies powerful force and stays put while the glue dries.


Tie-Wrap Clamps

To repair split chair rungs or spindles, inject glue into the split, and then clamp it together with electrical tie-wraps...


Gentle-Grip Pipe Clamps

Attach short pieces of 1/2-in. plywood to pipe clamp jaws to protect board edges from dings and dents while gluing.