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Using Clamps-Installing Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets

If you are planning on installing your own kitchen cabinetry, it’s going to be necessary for you to have a few clamps available. I generally us two Jorgenson clamps for various applications when I am fastening cabinets together or to the walls. Oftentimes, using these will eliminate the need for having an extra person help to secure the kitchen cupboards into their respective positions. There are several sizes to choose from, but I have found that the 8-1/2” size is sufficient for most cabinetry installation projects.

Here are a few things that I use the Jorgenson Handscrews Wood Clamps for.

Clamping The Cabinets Together

Once the first cabinet is secured to the wall properly, in perfect position, I then get the next cabinet aligned flush with the face of the box that was just installed and clamp the two together with the Jorgenson clamps. I always screw the Formica cabinets together first before fastening them to the walls, floors or ceilings. This eliminates the cabinets becoming uneven in the front when you are screwing them to the permanent structure.

Using the Clamps to Secure Drawer Faces

If you’re remodeling an existing kitchen or bathroom vanity by installing new doors, you can use the clamps to secure the drawer faces in place while you attach them to the drawers.

This method works great if you have a stack of base cabinet drawers. You can take all of the drawers out except the bottom one. Clamp the decorative drawer face onto the drawer in perfect position and then pre-drill holes and fasten the front to the drawer. Insert the next drawer and place the correct sized spacer on top of the decorative front that you previously fastened to the drawer. Place the next drawer face on top of the spacers, align the front into perfect position and clamp it tightly with the Jorgensen clamps. Now, pre-drill pilot holes and secure the drawer face to the drawer. Repeat the process for the remaining drawers. When you get to the top drawer you will not be able to use this method. Here’s an easy way to attach drawer fronts.

Clamping Countertops Prior to Securing

If you are going to be screwing your new counter tops to the kitchen or bathroom cabinetry, clamps will help hold the top in perfect positioning while you run the screws into the top from underneath the cabinet’s rails. It’s important to not skip this step of the countertop installation process because the counters will move while you are securing them if you do not clamp them into place first.

Using Clamps to Fasten Decorative Door Panels

Many kitchen and bathroom vanity cabinetry designs will include finished decorative door panels that get installed on the ends of base or upper cabinets. If you have a set of island cabinets or a peninsula style layout, where the backside of the kitchen base cabinets need to have door panels installed, Jorgenson clamps will be tremendously helpful. For the most part is best to have two people participating in the installation process of attaching finished decorative door panels to the back or ends of the cabinets. Upper cabinet finished ends can be handled with one person, but base cabinets and back panels will require an extra set of hands.

There will be other applications, during the process of installing cabinets, where Jorgensen Clamps will come in handy. The main reason that I am suggesting this particular style of clamp is because of its holding strength. Feel free to try and use whatever type that you may already have available to you. C-clams and small bar-clamps work well for installing cabinets as well.

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