How to use an angle clamp
|Using an angle clamp is simple as long as you know how. Below are a few quick and easy steps explaining how to use your angle clamp correctly.|
Step 1 - Open jaws
Open the jaws of the clamp by turning the handle to the left. If you are using a double screw clamp, both handles will need to be rotated, until the jaws are open to the desired widths.
If your workpieces are of the same thickness, the jaws should be open to equal widths.
However, if your two workpieces are of different thickness, you should adjust the jaws accordingly. On a double screw angle clamp, simply turn each handle until the connecting jaw is open wide enough to fit each of the workpieces.
With a single screw angle clamp, the jaws can be adjusted to different angles by pivoting the front jaw and the back jaw. This will allow pieces of various thickness to be clamped at a 90 degree angle to one another.
Note: If you are gluing the parts together, you need to apply the glue before clamping. Otherwise, you can nail or screw the parts together after clamping.
Step 2 - Insert workpiece
Insert the workpieces, placing one in each jaw so that they meet at a 90 degree angle.
Whether you are creating a mitre joint, a butt joint or a T-joint, the two workpieces should meet at the centre point of the clamp.
Step 3 - Close jaws
Tighten the jaws around the workpieces by turning the handle to the right.
|Your two pieces are now secure for the glue to set, or for your joint to be nailed together.|