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I'm trying to nicely glue together several pieces of wood like pictured below. The tool for this job is a clamp or multiple clamps. I don't have a clamp though. Is there some other way to nicely glue these pieces of wood together without having a clamp? Looking for a way to do this that won't take a lot of extra time, so like only gluing two together at a time, then waiting, then doing another one isn't an option.

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  • Is building your own set of clamps an option? – UnhandledExcepSean May 18 '15 at 17:31
  • @Ghost sure, as long as it's not like buy this, and this, and that...etc .. so as long as it's life hackish way to build one – CRABOLO May 18 '15 at 20:12
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If you want a good looking finished product, nothing will compare to using the correct tools for the job.

That being said you could tie string around the boards and do a tourniquet type thing to tighten them good. Wrap a string around the board, tie a knot at the two ends, close to having the string tight, but not too close. Stick a stick at the knot and twist the stick till the rope is tight. You'll also need to have something heavy across the boards to keep them all flat.

Warning: this will work but will require significant sanding/planing to have a good finished product and having the right clamps for the job will save significant time.

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  1. Take have 4 lengths of scrap wood, and position them like the clamps shown in your picture.
  2. Place some weight on top of the 2 top beams. Or, tie the beams on top and bottom together using e.g. luggage straps.

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