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Forum topic by Mike_Henderson posted 12-05-2009 07:25 AM 4700 views 18 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mike_Henderson

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12-05-2009 07:25 AM

I recently did a tutorial on making cauls. I’m sure many of you already know how to make cauls but new woodworkers often do not.

For those of you experienced, I’d appreciate comments and suggestions – especially on better ways to make cauls.

Mike


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#1 posted 12-05-2009 08:19 AM

nice tutorial Mike I’m kind of new to woodworking I’ve used cauls before but just used jointer to S one side This should help next time to get better results thanks noblevfd Bob

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#2 posted 12-05-2009 08:44 AM

Good tutorial. I use the Rockler clamps because I get vertical caul and horizontal clamping functionality together. They are a little pricey, but reduces my number of clamps.

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#3 posted 12-06-2009 12:30 AM

Thanks, Mike! Some how I missed this tutorial. This will be my next project.

Lew

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

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#4 posted 12-06-2009 04:39 AM

Thanks Mike,Very good tutorial! I’ll put it in my favorites, and make some when I finish the shop.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#5 posted 12-06-2009 05:02 AM

Fantastic tutorial! thanks for the post.

You mentioned that you can use premium 2×4s. another option is to go straight for the 2×12s which usually have straighter grains, and lesser knots than the 2×4s as those are supposed to perform as support beams which should have more structural strength and require better quality lumber. then you can rip the 2×12 to size which allows you to also completely get rid of any knots, and achieve a clear board for the cauls.

just my $.02, and Thanks again. Cauls are so simple, and provide such great benefit that we all need

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#6 posted 12-06-2009 10:10 AM

That was pretty good. Nice webpage.

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

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Mike_Henderson

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#7 posted 12-06-2009 11:30 PM

Reply to notottoman – The cauls will have a curve on them if there’s full contact all along the joint when you clamp one caul down, or clamp two cauls together as I show in my tutorial. The specific curve is a catenary curve, which is the same curve you’d get if you hung a rope or chain between two anchor points.

But you don’t need to worry about the mathematics – you can get full contact with a hand plane and trial and error.

Mike

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Gibney

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#8 posted 03-09-2013 07:39 PM

very helpful tutorial! thank you.

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#9 posted 03-09-2013 08:50 PM

Here’s an example of an old post that I’m glad got bumped, even though it looks like the OP isn’t active here now. I’ll be adding this to my list of projects-to-do, with many thanks.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#10 posted 03-09-2013 08:51 PM

http://www.wkfinetools.com/index.asp

A plethora of info and great ideas on this site as well.

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Mike_Henderson

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#11 posted 03-10-2013 12:05 AM

I’m still here but I tend to hang out at SawMill Creek. I have a bunch of other tutorials on my web site I hope some people find them interesting. I also have some of my tutorials on wkfinetool.com.

Mike

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#12 posted 03-13-2013 01:57 PM

Oh thanks for posting this. You are right as a newer woodworker your post was especially helpful. Automatic bookmark and I’ll be following your work!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#13 posted 03-13-2014 05:38 PM

Great tutorial I just came across referenced from another member (waho6o9). Also bookmarked your personal website as it has a lot of good info. Thanks.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#14 posted 03-13-2014 06:57 PM

Nice tutorial.
Another approach, using a jointer:

http://www.finewoodworking.com/how-to/video/how-to-make-cambered-cauls.aspx

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#15 posted 03-13-2014 09:28 PM

I have a number of “natural” cauls from all the crooked lumber that seems to breed in my shop. I try to only keep the symmetrical ones, but I see now how I might tune them up a little.

Thanks

-- What's a vibrant young guy like me doing in a broken down old body like this?

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