How do you keep all those parts lined up during assembly? Woodworker's Journal Editor Rob Johnstone and professional woodworker and author Michael Dresdner both come out in favor of the Rockler Clamp-It in their advice to this Woodworker's Journal eZine reader.
Q. I am nearly a novice when it comes to woodworking. One of the biggest problems I have is holding two pieces of wood perpendicular to each other. When I go to nail or screw them together the back piece always moves slightly so they are no longer flush on the outside edges. Is there a trick to keeping them in place while I secure the two together? I have not seen a clamp that will do the job.
A. Michael Dresdner: "In fact, there are clamps made to hold two pieces at right angles, but most are fairly expensive. Cheaper, and much more versatile, is Rockler's clever "Clamp-It" assembly square, which can go either on the inside or outside of the angle, and hold the pieces right where you want them.
A. Rob Johnstone: "As with most woodworking challenges, you are not alone. The Clamp-It is a great way to solve this problem. You can also make alignment blocks to help keep things steady. Pre-drilling your screw holes can sometimes solve this problem. Taping a joint can help as well as a spot of hot glue… be creative, there is no single solution and few wrong answers.
From the Woodworker's Journal eZine 2004 archives
So much for square corners, but not everything is meant to go together at a nice, polite 90 degree angle. How do you maintain the alignment of parts that meet at a 45 degree angle? At 135 degrees? With the Adjustable Clamp-It, of course. The Adjustable Clamp-It is relatively new, and in case you haven't heard, it's the tool for keeping joints that meet at other-than-90 degree angles lined up while you glue, nail or screw them together. The Adjustable Clamp-It adjusts in 5 degree increments from 45 to 315 degrees, making it an extremely versatile and useful addition to any shop's clamping arsenal.