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Isthere a better way of clamping?

I don't have clamps long enough to clamp the legs onto this apron (48") Combining clamps was awkard (causing the legs to bow in.) So I tried this:

I screwed in a piece of scrap wood in the center of the apron (on the back side) and used two clamps. One each from the scrap piece to each leg.

That has to be to simple for me to figure out LOL......Has anyone else tried that or is there a better way?
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I made a similar style table that was a 6ft long bathroom vanity w/ legs and apron. I had the same problem. So I clamped a block onto the apron but closer to each leg. Then I used a shorter quick squeez type clamp between the block and the leg. I did one leg at a time and I found the shorter clamps were easier to manage. I was using pocket screws to fasten the legs to the apron so once the pocket screws were set I could pull the clamps off and move to next leg.
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I made a similar style table that was a 6ft long bathroom vanity w/ legs and apron. I had the same problem. So I clamped a block onto the apron but closer to each leg. Then I used a shorter quick squeez type clamp between the block and the leg. I did one leg at a time and I found the shorter clamps were easier to manage. I was using pocket screws to fasten the legs to the apron so once the pocket screws were set I could pull the clamps off and move to next leg.
That is a good idea too. I did M&T on these so I needed to make sure they set properly.
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With the type of clamps you have what you are doing is about as good as you can do. You might try to get some pipe clamps. With pipe clamps you can make most any size clamp you need. I have one that is 10' long. Most of the clamps I have are 5'. I buy pipes in 10' lengths and cut them in half.
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