Back Corner Jig V1 & V2

While I was building the chop saw table I finally reached the point where I had to have something better than the cheap old corner clamps I had been using up to now.

I could have gone and bought some bigger, better clamps but that would have cost money and I thought I could do something just as good from scrap pieces I had laying around. I remember as a kid that the old man used to make a wooden corner jig for building draws and other things. I figured I could do the same in metal. I was remembering stuff that I had seen nearly half a century ago so it took a couple of goes to get it right (I should have made a CAD model first) but I got there in the finish.

The first video shows my first attempt and you will see why it was a less than stellar design. The second video shows my improved design. The second one fixes all of the problems with the first and so far it has worked perfectly on everything I have used it for. In fact, I am not sure how I ever managed without these. I am going to make a few more of the simpler design and maybe a couple of larger ones for the heavier jobs.

It's really not complicated and could be made from a couple of pieces of scrap angle and a brace piece of just about anything. I have done a plan up, you can download it at the bottom of this page, not that you need it to build the clamp but it may be useful to save it as a reminder until such time as you need one.

My first attempt, good but not great Nailed it on the 2nd try, version 2 is great
Download the PDF plans for the improved version here: p0088-A3.PDF