DIY Tip of the Day: Cabinet Assembly Station. Here’s a third hand that will ensure square, no-hassle cabinet assemblies. Cut four 7-in. long 2x6s and screw or nail them to a plywood base, leaving exactly square crisscross channels just wide enough for the cabinet parts to fit in snugly. When you assemble the cabinet, the station will keep the parts vertical and aligned while you apply glue or pound in nails.
Right Angle Braces - Wood Mag Tip of the Day For each pair, start with a 12″ square of 3⁄4″ Baltic-birch plywood and cut it in half diagonally. Then cut notches for the clamps, above. You can vary sizes to suit larger or smaller projects. The braces help with more than glue-ups. Clamp a pair to a chest, above, to support the lid as you install hinges.
When mounting corner blocks to reinforce a frame or case, use a clamp block on the outside to provide a flat surface for secure clamping and to prevent damage to parts. For example, to mount corner blocks on the table shown, make a clamp block with a notch from 3/4"-thick scrap. Then glue and clamp the corner block in place. Now drill the mounting holes. (We used a combination drill and countersink bit to do this.):