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Most types of clamps suck for gluing up furniture. What you really need is a way of getting even pressure all the way around the object, and the best way to do that is to use a strap clamp like the Pony Rapid acting band.  It’s simple: its strap wraps completely around your furniture object — no matter how many corners it has — without marring the finish.

This clamp consists of a 1″ x 15′ nylon band that hooks into a locking mechanism.  Just loop the strap over the object, hook it in, and pull.  Once everything is good and tight you can lock the strap into place with a few turns of the handle.  Then you just have to wait for the glue to dry.

Plastic non-marring 1″ x 1″ jaws allow for a great fit on corners the metal levers provide rapid adjustment and release when you need to reposition the project a bit.

And remember: strap clamps aren’t just for furniture work.  Strap clamps are the way to go when gluing up any oddly shaped project.  For $18 I might have to shell out for one, too. it looks like it’d work much better than the cargo straps I normally use.

Rapid Acting Band Clamp [Pony]
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4 Responses to Pony’s Band Clamp: A Good Bet for Furniture Work

  1. Trevor D. says:

    Yes, band clamps are great, but…

    “Most types of clamps is they suck for gluing up furniture.”

    Really? Is this the best grammar you could come up with for your intro?

  2. Chuck Cage says:

    Mea Culpa. That’s what happens when one edits at 3:30 a.m. Fixed the cut/paste error.

  3. Porthos says:

    I was gluing some splayed chair legs back in place one day and found myself need a band clamp. Since I don’t own one, I just used a ratcheting tie-down. Worked like a charm.

    You don’t get the corner blocks, which are great for gluing up picture frames and the like, but for me, a cargo strap/tie-down did the trick perfectly.

    Oh, and just putting some plastic wrap or wax paper–or even better: plastic-wrapped pieces of cork or cork covered with clear packing tape–on the inside faces of your clamps/clamp blocks/cauls should erase any glue up woes.

  4. Brau says:

    Sometimes solutions to problems can be right before your eyes but you don’t see them until someone points it out. I was struggling with some gluing and clamping yesterday but never once did I think of using my cargo ratchets. This site and the comments are saving me time and effort. Heck, even corner pieces would be easy to make out of wood.

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