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    Third hand support

    well we have heard the saying of "necessity is the beginning of inventions" or something along that line. well i ran into a situation where i needed a third hand, and i had called for support but wasnt ready to give up on my idea yet.. so i looked in my scrap pile and grabbed some plywood and cut these out and screwed them together.. i havnt spread the glue yet but i am pretty sure i can do what i need to do easier this way than by doing one side at a time and clamping against the tenon to get them tight and square..i got two more of these to do so i figured the 15mins of cutting these out would be worth it if they worked..



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    so how would you go about making this glue up?
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    I usually use my parallel wood clamps to support pieces that need to stand up.

    I would cut a couple of pieces of scrap to span the back side of the cabinet to help keep it square and to focus the clamp pressure on the joints.

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    I made a couple of those in a larger form when I was doing some work on some doors a while ago. Very handy.
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    What Allen said. Do the same thing for doors that need hinges let in or need to be planed down.
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    Very clever Larry. Well done.
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    If you really want to go high tech you could make one side adjustable for different thicknesses of material. The ideas are rolling now in my noggin!

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    That right there was the BEST solution Larry and you wont be sorry for spending the time on them as you do the rest of those glue ups.
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    what are you referring to as parallel wood clamps alan? and as for making them adjustable that could be done but at the time i was just looking for the third hand
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    what are you referring to as parallel wood clamps alan? and as for making them adjustable that could be done but at the time i was just looking for the third hand
    He's probably referring to handscrews. That's what I use for those applications. But, a set like you built that is adjustable is the best bet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    what are you referring to as parallel wood clamps alan? and as for making them adjustable that could be done but at the time i was just looking for the third hand
    These!
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