Helpful & easy to make Clamping Cauls.

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Blog entry by Woodwrecker posted 05-24-2011 05:59 AM 7680 reads 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since 95% of my stock is recycled pieces of shipping crates, pallets, or cut offs donated from a now closed cabinet shop, I have to do a LOT of glue ups.
I have plenty of wood, just not in “ready to build” sizes.

This is about 1/4th of my supply. I keep the rest spread out at Grandma’s, my brother’s and everywhere else there is a little room. lol

So to do any projects, glue ups have to be fast, easy and as simple as possible.
I’ve made a set of clamping cauls that fit my assembly table pretty well and they have served me great.
I found an article in New that showed how to make the set I use.

Here is the link.

Mine are about 36” X 1 1/2” X 1 1/2”.
I have modified their plan slightly to fit my needs, and so should you.
If my glue ups are narrower they the full width of the cauls, I use a quick clamp like that shown in the article to tighten them up.

I thought I’d show you what I came up with in case any new woodworkers might like to make a set.
They come in handy, and keep the panels from buckling.

I sized them to fit the clamps I use most.

They don’t take up a lot of room to store, and have proven their worth.

Just thought I’d pass it along.


-- Eric, central Florida

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#1 posted 05-24-2011 06:12 AM


I made some of these also. On the edges that contact the glue, I used some strips of vinyl flooring and glued them to the wood with contact cement- to prevent sticking. Been thinking about modifying the opposite edge (bare wood) into a slight bow so I could use them for cauls when assembling completed panels into dadoed slots.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 05-24-2011 06:33 AM

I’m going to have to make a few of these

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#3 posted 05-24-2011 12:32 PM

These look very useful… will have to copy you!
(Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!)

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 05-24-2011 01:58 PM

Eric, thats a neat idea. You show have lots of wood!

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#5 posted 05-24-2011 02:44 PM

Pretty sweet solution. Good work.

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#6 posted 05-24-2011 02:47 PM

these are great wreck

something i will do also
maybe in two different lenghts

thanks for the help

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 05-24-2011 05:55 PM

A great solution. A good coat of wax will also keep the glue from sticking.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 05-24-2011 06:05 PM




-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 05-24-2011 06:54 PM

Great job, they look fantastic!

-- Tim Taylor - GLT Woodworks

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#10 posted 05-24-2011 11:52 PM

Thanks everyone. They were fun to make.
I should have mentioned that I do have a very slight curve in them to aid in center-line compression, and I polyuretheaned them, and then added transparent 3-M packing tape for glue removal.
(That stuff works better then the cellophane stuff)

I have a couple more shop up grades to post.

I was spoiled and took for granted the room I had in my old shop/garage, but with a little ingenuity and planning, I will be able to squeeze my stuff into my new digs.
I am thankful to have any space at all.

I’ve taken so much from all you kind people, it is only fair to try and give back a little.
Thanks again.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#11 posted 06-23-2011 02:15 PM

I found that laminating a couple strips of 3+” 3/4 plywood together goes a long way to prevent bowing.

-- Quality: There is hardly anything in the world that some men cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price are this man’s lawful prey.

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