clamp a mitered corner

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Blog entry by jumbojack posted 10-29-2011 03:27 AM 5599 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is how I clamp up my boxes. I use blue painters tape. Line up your stock, I use a straight edge to keep everything flush. The edges should be touching but not overlapping. Give the tape a little stretch and press onto the stock. Don’t tape the ends yet.

Then flip the unit over

Apply your favorite stickum. I use Titebond and like to pre-glue. That is, I apply a very thin coat to all mating surfaces. Then turn around and apply another coat. End grain soaks the glue up pretty quickly and the pre-glue, I think stops glue starvation. I don’t tape the ends before I glue as I usually slop glue on the tape and that gets messy.

Now just stand up the left edge. Insert your panel into the created ‘L’. Grasp the far right box side and carefully stand it up guiding the panel into the dado/groove. Now just flip the remaining end over and seat it onto the box. With the untaped side away from you support the box with your chest and press the joint together. Having tape precut for this step is helpful. Press/stretch tape over the joint. Check for square. If your panel is square this will help immensely.

If you cut em right they come out very nice.
Next step is to cut miter keys.


-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#1 posted 10-31-2011 04:41 AM

Now I know how its done ;-) I never thought about double gluing end grain before. thanks.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 11-24-2011 02:19 AM

That blue tape is great stuff. I do the quadrilinear legs on my furniture in this manner. Then I wrap the entire thing with stretch wrap to “clamp” it in place. You might be able to do that with your boxes.

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#3 posted 11-24-2011 02:21 AM

Stretch wrap. I work in a warehouse, we have acres of stretch wrap. Thanks Tim

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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