A small rubber-tipped hammer is my goto, but when you can’t find which box it was packed in, or your parts don’t lend themselves to hammer-tapping, squeeze clamps come in VERY handy…lol
two of them and a piece of wood on top and bottom is what I have used to close gaps.
I’m a heathen. I just use a plain old claw hammer
This clamp trick is probably smarter.
I have like, maybe a dozen and a half of these little clamps. They’re awesome. And they’re cheap.
Clever… and quieter than a hammer.
Packing tape on thick, flat material makes a great press for things like inlay, using clamps like this.
Particularly when one edge is all fingers that could be damaged and I want to spread out the force across a large area and even multiple clamps, I found that the scraps from making the fingers can be used to great effect…
Getting equal pressure as you clamp across the joint is key when doing this (I use it a lot). I’ve in the past used a scrap piece of Maple or Oak on the short side (direction of the grain runs parallel to the edge I’m clamping) to do this with success.
I never would have thought of it! Nice tip!
I had already forgotten this great trick, could have used it recently!
You shoulda’ called me.
Well, this is a rather neat trick! Don’t know how I missed it but I sure could have used it on the last major assembly job.
I have used it from the first time. More rare for me to use the rubber or leather mallet. Then again when using glue, clamps are the natural way to go.