Shop Tips Stretching Your Clamps

You can avoid the need for long clamps by giving yourself an alternate clamping surface. Here I tightened my clamps down on cleats clamped to the rail.

If one pipe clamp won't do the job, I'll put two to work, back-to-back. The two pads are turned 90° so the clamps can be tightened against one another.

You can avoid the need for long clamps by giving yourself an alternate clamping surface. Here I tightened my clamps down on cleats clamped to the rail.

A cheap solution is to make two clamps into one. All it takes is an inexpensive coupler from the hardware store to make two sections of pipe into one long section.

If one pipe clamp won't do the job, I'll put two to work, back-to-back. The two pads are turned 90° so the clamps can be tightened against one another.

NOTE: Bed rail fasteners are mortised into legs and side rails

NOTE: Cleats are glued and screwed in place

NOTE: See page 28 for installation of hardware

FOOTBOARD LEG

HEADBOARD CLEAT

#8 * 2W Fh woodscrew

FOOTBOARD CLEAT

Bed rail fastener

FOOTBOARD \ RAIL

NOTE: Footboard legs are glued up from two pieces of 1 Vi'-thick stock chamfer

TOP SECTION VIEW

'A' chamfer

SIDE SECTION VIEW

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