Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
I have done literally hundreds and possibly thousands of chair repairs. The best and fastest clamps I have ever used is surgical tubing. You can usually get it at a medical supply house. Normally, you wont even have to tie knots, just run it under itself is all you need. It comes in various sizes on a roll. Usually 3/8" and 1/2" diameter will work for most if not all jobs. The down side is the price. Usually I cut the tubing to the size I need at the time. Only use one knot at the starting end and finish that 'clamp' by running through knot and then wrap around it self to hold in place. Keep in mind that surgical tubing, once knotted, is very difficult if not impossible to undo. Each piece will probably last a few dozen times. What kills the lifespan of surgical tubing is getting glue on it. The glue dries hard and if not wiped off with a lot of water immediately, the hard spots will cut into the soft tubing.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx