When assembling my hand-cut dovetail joints, I like to leave the pins just a touch long and trim them flush later. But this makes it difficult to clamp the joint. Here’s a solution. Center a Popsicle stick or tongue depressor over each tail. Use two sticks spaced out if you have wide tails, or feel free to make custom sticks. Tape them in place. Now clamp up the joint using regular flat cauls. The thin sticks will direct the clamping pressure just where it is needed. click to enlarge Jim Richey
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