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Australian Woodsmith 5th February 2020

Assembly Helper

One of the biggest problems I have when assembling deep cabinets is centring a long clamp on a somewhat small surface, like the edge of plywood. After going back and forth several times to each end of the clamp to keep it centred, I thought there had to be a better way.

The solution I came up with uses another clamp as a third hand. I use a small clamp to centre and capture one end of the clamp, as in the photo above. This allows me to accurately position and tighten the clamp from the opposite end. Then I can remove the small clamp and move on to the next one.

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SAFETY IN THE WORKSHOP Safety devices, such as riving knives, guards on table saws and guards over router bits have been deliberately left out of the line drawings in Australian Woodsmith projects in order to make them easier to follow. It goes without saying that where safety devices have been supplied by the manufacturers you should use them. We encourage the use of push sticks as good work practice.
    Exercise vigilance and the greatest of care when using power tools, whether stationary or portable. Keep all your tools sharp and well maintained. Wear protective eyewear, a dust mask and a hearing protector when appropriate. By limiting distractions and developing safe work practices you will go a long way to avoiding workshop accidents. So, work safe fellow woodworkers.  -Editor
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