|Review by jerrells||posted 06-20-2013 09:48 PM||3593 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
I do a lot of glue edge board glue-ups and was looking for a better and faster clamping system. My old one required four hand clamps and 4 cauls and did a fine job but the set up was very time consuming.
After receiving some money for father’s day, I decided to give these a try. I must admit the guys at the local Rockler store were not helpful with any recommendations on the product. Also, at least my box came with NO instructions at all. Now I did have in mind what I wanted to accomplish and was sure that was a way to do it. Also, Rockler is very good about returns so I was not worried.
You will need to make the 2 inch by 2 inch (mine at 1 and ½ popular) boards and they need to be longer than your widest glue up. In my case I will be gluing ½ inch thick material so I needed some spacers between the cauls and the ½ boards. I have also noticed that the clamp pad on each end will need a support so that it is centered on the boards to be glued.
The first try was fairly successful. The two boards being glued had about a 32nd, or less, twist in them. That was easy to plane and sand off.
I think that with a little more reengineering and thinking about what I want to accomplish this will be a fine system. Most likely I will purchase a second set at some point in time.
Thanks for looking.
-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.