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Offline Justin Michael

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Best Right Angle Clamp?
« on: November 24, 2014, 03:09 PM »
I built some shop drawers yesterday but ran into a problem.  Since I don't own a Domino, I rabbeted the joints were the sides met the top and bottom frames and found it very difficult to hold the unit square as it came together.  I have the Kreg right angle clamp, but it sucks due to its finicky set up.

I was thinking about the Woodpecker box clamps but thought I would ask for the FOG's opinion first.

What do you guys use to hold carcass corner, box joint, etc at a right angle while gluing and screwing?
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Offline Ohc917

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Offline Tinker

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Re: Best Right Angle Clamp?
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2014, 04:11 PM »
I like to use the 90º corner assembly brackets from Lee Valley.  part # 03F03.05
I have a couple of sets of Rockler's Clamp-it Square Assembly Brackets that I use when all of my Lee Valley brackets are tied up.  I like the Lee Valley brackets best.

I also have a couple of types of Woodpecker corner clamps, but they take too much fussing to set right.  The bracket types use a few clamps, but I don't get so impatient setting them.
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Offline cliffp

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Re: Best Right Angle Clamp?
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2014, 04:16 PM »
I like these:

http://www.axminster.co.uk/mitre-clamp

Don't know if they're available in the US.
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Offline RobNJ

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Re: Best Right Angle Clamp?
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2014, 04:19 PM »
I like to use the 90º corner assembly brackets from Lee Valley.  part # 03F03.05
I have a couple of sets of Rockler's Clamp-it Square Assembly Brackets that I use when all of my Lee Valley brackets are tied up.  I like the Lee Valley brackets best.

I also have a couple of types of Woodpecker corner clamps, but they take too much fussing to set right.  The bracket types use a few clamps, but I don't get so impatient setting them.
Tinker

I use something very similar (from the picture it may actually be the same exact thing) from a company called Jevons tool.  They were at the Woodworking show this year in NJ.  The owner was there and explained the whole manufacturing process and the product line. So far, so good.  I throw a few of these on with spring clips and it tends to work out pretty well.

http://www.jevonstoolco.com/

Offline Don T

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Re: Best Right Angle Clamp?
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2014, 04:30 PM »


I also have a couple of types of Woodpecker corner clamps, but they take too much fussing to set right.  The bracket types use a few clamps, but I don't get so impatient setting them.
Tinker
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I use something very similar (from the picture it may actually be the same exact thing) from a company called Jevons tool.  They were at the Woodworking show this year in NJ.  The owner was there and explained the whole manufacturing process and the product line. So far, so good.  I throw a few of these on with spring clips and it tends to work out pretty well.

http://www.jevonstoolco.com/
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 I use these also and have for several years. They do work well.
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Offline Brent Taylor

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Re: Best Right Angle Clamp?
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2014, 04:37 PM »
I Have used the Bessey Clamps for quite a while, but get two at least. B

Offline waho6o9

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Re: Best Right Angle Clamp?
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2014, 04:40 PM »
I use four clamps and check diagonals before

and after assembly:



I'm also making a set  like this:
« Last Edit: November 24, 2014, 04:48 PM by waho6o9 »

Offline Justin Michael

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Re: Best Right Angle Clamp?
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2014, 04:47 PM »
I also have a couple of types of Woodpecker corner clamps, but they take too much fussing to set right.  The bracket types use a few clamps, but I don't get so impatient setting them.
Tinker

This is good to know re: set up.  The Woodpecker corner clamps looked appealing since you can set them down flush on the work bench, but i don't want to be fussing with them and wasting glue open time.

The Lee Valley or Jevons look to be the way to go. I'll just put 2x4's under the piece to create clearance for the spring clamps.

I use four clamps and check diagonals before

and after assembly:

(Attachment Link)

This is the approach i took yesterday.  The piece was 35" W x 30" T x 22" D and using 4 - 40" Jet parallel clamps was getting heavy and awkward fast.

EDIT:  Whoops, I couldn't see the pic, thought you meant parallel clamps.  Can you please explain how those wooden clamps work, is it similar to the Rockler Clamp-it and the Lee Valley brackets?

Thank you
« Last Edit: November 24, 2014, 04:50 PM by Justin Michael »
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Offline Tinker

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Re: Best Right Angle Clamp?
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2014, 08:44 PM »
I like to use the 90º corner assembly brackets from Lee Valley.  part # 03F03.05
I have a couple of sets of Rockler's Clamp-it Square Assembly Brackets that I use when all of my Lee Valley brackets are tied up.  I like the Lee Valley brackets best.

I also have a couple of types of Woodpecker corner clamps, but they take too much fussing to set right.  The bracket types use a few clamps, but I don't get so impatient setting them.
Tinker

I use something very similar (from the picture it may actually be the same exact thing) from a company called Jevons tool.  They were at the Woodworking show this year in NJ.  The owner was there and explained the whole manufacturing process and the product line. So far, so good.  I throw a few of these on with spring clips and it tends to work out pretty well.

http://www.jevonstoolco.com/

Those are exactly the same as I got from LV.  I don't have a lot of space when assembling.  To save space, instead of clamps to hold them, I just clamp them in place with screws.  That way, I can assemble more parts and move out of the way while going to the next assembly.  I only use the woodpecker corner clamps when i have something very small that I cannot use the LV clamps. 

I do have a bunch of Bessy clamps that are great gor squaring when I can clamp around the outsides of a project, but they take up a lot more room.  I use them mostly for clamping flat glue ups.  Not for squaring up boxes or when pulling sides of shelves casing together with shelves installed.

Sometimes, I use both LV and Rockler Clamp-it clamps on same box. I use the LV clamps on one or two corners to get the frame/box squared up and the other corners get the Rocklers.  Especially, when I use screws to hold, those LV clamps are so quick to line the corners up, I am almost never finding it necessary to make adjustments for square when checking to diagonals.

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Offline Billedis

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Re: Best Right Angle Clamp?
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2014, 09:38 PM »
Ron Paulk's latest video on the Awesome Rolling Tool box shows a jig he made to make all 35 drawers to insure they were square.  Bill

Offline amt

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Re: Best Right Angle Clamp?
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2014, 12:53 AM »
I bought these which are very strong and dead on 90 degrees: http://www.woodpeck.com/clampingsquare6.html


Offline Tinker

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Re: Best Right Angle Clamp?
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2014, 01:29 PM »
Bessy has a right angle Clamp

http://www.besseytools.com/en/subcategory.php?ASIMOID_MC=000000000001f1a100030023&ASIMOID_SC=000000030000172500050023

I have the Bessey WS-3. It works great for corner clamping.
http://www.besseytools.com/en/product_details.php?ASIMOID=000000010000d56f00070023&ASIMOID_SC=000000030000172500050023&ASIMOID_MC=000000000001f1a100030023

I ave a couple of those Bessy WS-3 clamps, but like the Woodpecker clamps, they seem a little touchy to set up.  They are easier than the Woodpecker clamps, but a lot more cumbersome. I use them very seldom. I use the Bessy bar clamps with the square heads a lot more than either the Bessy or woodpecker corner clamps. 
 
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Offline waho6o9

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Re: Best Right Angle Clamp?
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2014, 04:28 PM »
Glad to help.


    I use four clamps and check diagonals before

    and after assembly:

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This is the approach i took yesterday.  The piece was 35" W x 30" T x 22" D and using 4 - 40" Jet parallel clamps was getting heavy and awkward fast.

EDIT:  Whoops, I couldn't see the pic, thought you meant parallel clamps.  Can you please explain how those wooden clamps work, is it similar to the Rockler Clamp-it and the Lee Valley brackets?