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#1 posted 01-06-2010 07:27 PM

Hi TLE,

I have used cauls on some glue ups and was also concerned with the pressure distibution. What I did on my cauls is to joint one edge and make a mark in ~ 1/3 of the way in from each end. I then took my hand plane and took off 3 or 4 passes from the 1/3 mark to the end on each side. This gave me a slight crown and puts pressure on the glue up when you bring the clamps home. You can experiment with how much crown you like but try not to overthink it.

TheDane’s suggestion about wrapping them in plastic is good too. I used clear packing tape on the side of my caul that touches the glue up. I didn’t do this at first and what a mess. Once I started using the tape things come out much less messy.

Hope this helps.


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