LumberJocks

Shopmade Cauls

  • Advertise with us
Project by ilyac posted 03-29-2015 08:30 PM 1072 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Yet another shop project that I only learned I needed after my first cutting board project, and some amount of screaming to the heavens “There must be a way to get even clamping pressure all along this damn thing!” (and then Googling, obviously)

Enter: The Cauls

I made these from 2×4’s I picked up at Home Depot. I made the curve by clamping my ‘slightly weathered’ straight edge (i.e. the one i don’t mind too much if I use for such tasks) to the edge of my workbench and placed a pencil at the midway point and used my router to make the edge on a piece of 1/4 MDF. I screwed that down to my table, and routed the profile on the 2×4’s with that. It’s hard to hard to seen in the photos, but I screwed the 2×4 piece under the MDF.

The final size was 1-1/2” at the thickest point, 24” long, and 1” wide. From center to end I have about a 3/16” drop. I would have preferred it be wider than 1”, but with my router bit and this set up that the widest I can edge without having to flip the piece over, switch the router bit (and collet) to then use my bit with a bearing.

It’s not as perfectly matched as I would have liked, but hopefully I can either sand that out, or just fix up my template.

Lessons learned:
1. My first attempt I put too steep a curve on my template. I could not even get them to close before my clamps flew off the ends.
2. I may need to ease off the router, or take more progressive passes, at the ends as i did mess one piece up because the soft 2×4 blew out.
3. Using a 1/2” piece of MDF may have been a better idea for the template, with the way I have it set up now it tends to move just slight as I apply pressure. Not sure if that is what caused my edges not to line up just right, but It could not hurt.
4. I first tried to cut the curved template with a jig saw, but that did not work out so well and I could not get a nice smooth curve when I tried to file down.





1 comment so far

View Richard's profile

Richard

1898 posts in 2151 days


#1 posted 03-31-2015 08:10 PM

We live and Learn , the next time will be better. Cauls for clamping Cutting Boards , Guess I am going to need some of those too.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com