By now, you’ve probably heard of Rockler’s line of Clamp-It assembly square clamping tools. Over the years, the Clamp-It system has earned a reputation as the solution of choice for those awkward assembly operations that seem to be designed for woodworkers who were born with three hands. Clamp-It assembly squares and the corresponding Clamp-It bar clamps act as the “third hand” you need when you’re constructing boxes, frames or other projects and need to hold two parts in alignment at a specific angle while you fasten them.
But maybe you didn’t know just how many variations of the basic tool are available, or about all of the money-saving kits that let you get just the combination of Clamp-It tools you need without the added expense of purchasing the items separately. To give you an idea, here are a few highlights (you’ll find the complete list in our Rockler Exclusive Clamps category):
For a basic workhorse set-up, try the Clamp-It Assembly Square 6-Pc. Kit. It comes with two original Clamp-It assembly squares and four Clamp-It bar clamps – everything you need to clamp two standard 90 degree corners together in perfect alignment.
Sometimes, you need to get into a tight space to align the parts of a joint. If you make small projects, like jewelry boxes or doll houses, the Mini Clamp-It Assembly Square Kit is a perfect fit. It comes with two Mini Clamp-It assembly square and four Mini Clamp-It bar clamps for close-quarters assembly operations.
What about other-than-90 degree angles? The recently introduced Adjustable Clamp-It now comes in kit form. The Adjustable Clamp-It Assembly Tool Kit lets you apply the Clamp-It’s “third hand” to projects involving odd angles, like other-than-four sided boxes, multi-sided frames, and stair rail assemblies (to name just a few).
All of the above: The Cabinetmaker’s Clamp-It Assembly Tool Master Kit lets you do it all, and for a huge savings over buying the tools separately. It’s worth considering. Once you’ve tried one Clamp-It, you may get hooked on the way it speeds up assembly and gives you reliably accurate alignment of the members of straight and odd-angled joints.
Want a little more information? Read what a couple of experts from the Woodworker’s Journal have to say about the Clamp-It. And if you're wondering what other woodworkers think of the Clamp-It system, here's a customer review of the Clamp-It Assembly Square 6 Pc Kit - and here's another customer review of the Mini Clamp-It.