If you are taking on some small projects around the house but don't necessarily have a shop full of tools, it might come in handy to have a few alternatives if you find yourself in need of clamps.
Clamps can be useful for holding things in place while your hands are busy with other parts of a project. They're also handy when you're gluing something that needs to be held together for an extended period while the glue sets up. If you find yourself in a pinch without a clamp (no pun intended), maybe you have one of these alternatives around the house:
- a pair of pliers with a strong rubber band or tube rubber tied around the handle
- clamps from an old pair of jumper cables
- A caulk gun can actually act as a clamp.
- Surgical tubing just might do the job if you tie it tightly to hold a bundle of pieces in place (like the chair legs shown)