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Gluing joints with no clamps

If you're using most modern glues you do need clamps*, or some substitute, here. Hide glue is the one exception since it can be used to create rubbed joints. Although some people use PVA-type glues in ...
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Recommendations for securing a high torque drill with a larger bit

It sounds like you're running your bit too slowly. Spade bits are pretty sensitive to low speeds. A faster speed (and less feed pressure) will result in less material being removed with each pass. ...
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How to separate wood I glued together

This is going to be tricky, since glue joints are stronger than the wood. So be prepared for at least some breakage to occur. If you can get to work immediately there's a chance of working on the glue ...
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Is there another name for these heavy duty cam-style clamps?

Another name for cam-style clamps is eccentric clamp, named after the eccentric circle principal that it uses -- the rod goes through the black plastic cams closer to one end than the other, so when ...
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Is it ok to clamp down squares and i-beam style levels?

It's certainly possible to damage squares and/or levels by clamping. So if you're looking for a yes or no answer, it would have to be yes. However I can think of plenty of situations where I would ...
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Looking for a type of vise that would fit on a cnc table

There are a variety of options out there similar to what you are describing. These are the first two that come to mind: Rockler Hold Down Clamp Bessey Hold Down
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Using right angle clamps

I would invest in some of thise: Collins Miter Clamps I bought a set a little over a year ago, and I'll never do miters without them. They are especially great for trim work.
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Gluing joints with no clamps

Other clampless options include: using pocket holes and screws (on the under side of the table) to clamp the boards together. The screws can be left in or removed once the glue dries, your preference....
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Pipe clamps - availability of 1" black pipe

Has 3/4" black pipe replaced the older 1" ? Remember that the size of pipe (in the US, at least) is determined by it's inside diameter. Nominal 3/4" black iron pipe has an outside ...
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Using cheap pipe clamps

Is this something common with pipe clamps? Yes. There are a couple reasons for this. The first is that the screw on a pipe clamp usually meets the jaw at one point, and the jaw is free to pivot a bit ...
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What is a "medium duty" wood clamp?

What is "medium duty" versus "heavy duty"? Is there an official definition? There's no specific definition of "medium duty" or "heavy duty" as those terms ...
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Glue-up for butcher block-style countertop

My question is how to do the glue-up in such a way as to eliminate any gaps where I glue the strips end-to-end in a given row. You don't need to worry overmuch about the tightness (or not) of these ...
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Gluing up using bench vise

This is not generally done, although I'm sure I have seen the vice being used for glueing up certain jobs, mostly between the jaws, I can't remember the sources. One passing reference to this the ...
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How to clamp very thin wood for planing

If you are going to be doing a lot of this kind of thin surfacing work, you might want to invest in a vacuum clamp. When combined with a small vacuum pump, these clamps can hold onto the flat bottom ...
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How to clamp very thin wood for planing

In some respects end stops (as seen on most planing boards and as built into many good benches) are the ideal for planing thinner stock. You can use dogs as these stops of course, they just need to be ...
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Repair warped wood in situ

You are not dealing with warped wood here. Your last picture shows that you have a moisture problem (due to a change in the ambient moisture content of the air - change from a dry climate to a wet ...
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Using cheap pipe clamps

Is this something common with pipe clamps? Or just cheap ones? You can expect this, but not for the reason you might expect. Even if your clamp heads are not cheaper or knock-off types and have ...
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Corner clamps, standards/quality

Is there some international standard that corner clamp must comply with that I can look for to be sure that it has been manufactured to a high standard and I can be sure that it will definitely be ...
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Using right angle clamps

In my opinion although it looks simple this joint is as difficult as some of the more technically difficult ones. First off make sure all are cut true and to length, then my choice is band clamps with ...
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Looking for a type of vise that would fit on a cnc table

The obvious thought would be to clamp a clamp to the table -- perhaps a small wooden handscrew clamp, or something homebrewed from threaded rod or from bolts and threaded inserts. Presumably you ...
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Is there another name for these heavy duty cam-style clamps?

Lee Valley and Rockler both sell cam levers that can apply a surprising amount of force over a short range, and these could easily be used to bear down on a clamping bar to create much the same kind ...
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What type of clamp is this?

Grizzly sells a similar clamp and calls it a sash clamp: The same term turns up several similar models at Amazon and other retailers. Yours is obviously not a pipe clamp as there's no actual pipe ...
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What's a suitable lubricant for woodworking clamps?

Wax is actually widely considered the lubricant for this application. While it's an understandable concern, the small amount that may transfer to wood from incidental contact is a non-issue. Bear in ...
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How to clamp very thin wood for planing

Alternative recommendation for smoothing without the need for planing stop: a cabinet scraper (card scraper) The other answers look to the work holding issue very well, and can definitely be used with ...
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Using cheap pipe clamps

Good pipe clamps will have parallel faces and non-marring mounting pads that don't have the problem you outline, at least at appropriate working tension. But any pipe clamp may show some non-...
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What is this "device" from Hunt Manufacturing Co. in Statesville NC used for?

It's a hinge clamp meant to hold a silkscreen frame for printing. You'd screw the part with the two holes to a work surface, and you'd probably do the same with another clamp just like this one. Then ...
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Laminating Small Wooden Objects Together

You may consider making a clamping jig to hold the parts in alignment while the glue dries under clamp pressure. Start with a thick piece of stock, maybe 3/4" plywood, or a piece of 2x4* Draw the ...
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Laminating Small Wooden Objects Together

What techniques are available to laminate small wooden objects together which provide precise lateral placement of each object in relation to each other, yet results in a strong, permanent bond? ...
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Glue-up for butcher block-style countertop

Don't worry about the end-to-end butt joints. I think you mentioned the right answer in your question. Make sure that the ends are square, put some glue on them, then as you're gluing up the sides ...
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Glue-up for butcher block-style countertop

I'd glue up the individual pieces first. Use a dowel in the end to keep it aligned and add some strength to the end grain to end grain joint. Make sure you have good, clean ends. If you are making ...
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