caul keep my panels flat clamp thingymabober

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Project by RKW posted 09-08-2010 08:13 PM 4873 views 25 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these thingmabobers hopeing they would assist me in keeping my panels flat in the glue up process. The wing nuts were all i could find at the hardware store, i plan on replacing them with something that will allow me to torque the clamps a little better. Im thinking about turning some handles and going that route.

I laminated the inside of both sides with famica to prevent the clamps from becoming glued to my work piece. The additional holes are there incase i need to glue up a smaller panel. In that case i can reconfigure the clamps.

I used ash because i thought it would be stable and it is relatively cheap. I have not used these yet, but im pretty sure they will get the job done.

-- RKWoods

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#1 posted 09-08-2010 08:21 PM

Looks great. Like the added detail about the formica. I use blue painters tape, then just peel it off when it gets dirty or damaged. Are the faces perfectly flat or did you make the face slightly convex so that it provides even pressure when clamped up?

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 09-08-2010 08:55 PM

Very smart idea

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#3 posted 09-08-2010 08:56 PM

Great idea/project. Another super-cheap alternative to extra-protect your formica is plan old wax paper available at the grocery store. I use wax paper every time I glue to protect my surfaces. It has a very thin profile and can be cut into thin strips when needed. Nice work.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#4 posted 09-08-2010 09:07 PM

Good idea there, thanks for the post.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 09-08-2010 09:59 PM


These are next on workshop helpers list.

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

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#6 posted 09-08-2010 10:22 PM

Great job Randy. I’m sure they will work well

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#7 posted 09-09-2010 02:20 AM

Great idea and job! I especially like the sawdust on the floor. Nice touch!

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#8 posted 09-09-2010 02:58 AM

Very nice. I use similar cauls and they work great. I also made mine from White Ash; they have stayed very straight. I tried blue painter tape, but when it was time to change the tape, it didn’t come off easily. I waxed the boards and the dried glue comes off with out a hitch.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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Rick Dennington

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#9 posted 09-09-2010 07:28 AM

Greetings Randy,

I think a woodworker can never have enough clamps and cauls…..You came through on the cauls….
They should serve you well for a long time…..Stellar job, Randy…Keep up the good projects and posts….

-- " At my age, Happy Hour is a crap and a nap..."

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#10 posted 09-13-2010 12:39 AM

Very nice. I like the high tech name most of all. I am going to make myself a set of these. Thanks for the post.

-- Mike, Somewhere in Indiana with a splinter or two!

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#11 posted 03-05-2011 04:53 AM

I got a make me some of those things.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#12 posted 11-14-2015 01:42 AM

Yes I will be making some of these also.

-- Terry

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