Clamp Blocks

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If you’ve ever tried to clamp two pieces together that are cut at less than a 90-degree angle, you know how difficult it is to keep the joint from sliding around before it dries. George Vondriska has a neat trick to resovle this clamping challenge using clamp blocks. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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10 Responses to “Clamp Blocks”
  1. Rustaholic

    And I have always just used a couple strap binders.
    Looks like it will be a very nice looking project.

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  2. Rin

    Every time I’ve used hot glue to temporarily hold something together I’ve gotten a lot of tear out when I tried to disassemble it. Is there a particular type of hot glue that you’re using that doesn’t hold as well? I just use what is available at my home center and there doesn’t seem to be any choice of type of glue.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Rin. Nothing special about the hot melt I’m using. It’s just an off-the-shelf bag of cartridges. Maybe the difference is soft wood versus hard wood. The flag case is walnut, which has a pretty tight grain.
      Thanks
      Paul-WWGOA

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  3. Warner Smidt

    Hot glue will soak into pores of wood. After scraping surface glue off, how do you remove glue from the wood pores?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Warner. I haven’t seen it soak into the pores of the wood. Maybe it’s a hardwood/softwood issue. On a hard, tight grain wood like walnut (the flag case) glue is less likely to seep in compared to pine or a similar softwood. But a card scraper might be a good answer to make sure the surface is clean after the glue block comes off.
      Thanks
      Paul-WWGOA

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  4. Kev Shapland

    A smart thing to do before the glue up would be to complete the finish on the inside sections first, as the task to do it once complete, would be so much more difficult, especially having glass in this type of project.

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  5. az guy

    Worried about removing hot glue residue, would narrow strips of double stick tape work just as well and be less likely, at least in my experience, to leave a residue that makes finishing problematic.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      Double sided tape should work fine for this I think. Just be sure that you get all of the dust off before applying tape or it will not stick well.

      Thanks,

      Paul
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  6. Tom Weinberger

    Is there another glue that can be used instead of hot glue for temporary use? (I don’t have a hot glue gun)

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Tom. Not that I’m aware of. You can generally find a hot glue gun for a reasonable price and you will find uses for it in the shop once you have one.
      Thanks
      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America

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