Reply by CharlieM1958

  • Advertise with us

Posted on Clamping Cauls

View CharlieM1958's profile


16274 posts in 4216 days

#1 posted 01-05-2010 04:12 PM

To my understanding, the only reason to have any crown at all in cauls is to make sure there is no slack in the middle when you clamp the ends. So the amount of crown needed is really very slight.

And, again to my understanding, the only purpose for cauls is to keep the parts of a glue-up aligned. So when you say that you’re not sure if your cauls were effective, I’d say that should be obvious. If things were aligned when you took the clamps off, your cauls did exactly what they were supposed to do.

When I use cauls, it is generally on small panels. I don’t even bother with a crown… I just make sure they are straight by laying them on the saw table. If I was gluing up something large, like a dining table, I’d want to have a little crown to be safe.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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