|Forum topic by toddbeaulieu||posted 01-05-2014 03:01 PM||1082 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
01-05-2014 03:01 PM
Does anyone have any suggestions on gluing up 12 small panels?
I’m making three simple chests (based on Terry Fergusun's project) for the nieces from thin maple strips. These are 7/16” thick x 1.5” wide x 17” long strips of maple. The strips are skewed for the “fingers” that protrude.
Gluing up a panel on the assembly table is kind of a PITA because of the spacers to ensure the shorter strips are perfectly aligned and cauls to ensure all strips are flat, but gluing twelve? I’d rather not be working on these for three days!
I futzed with trying maple cauls under/above the strips and straight registration “fences” for 90 degree reference. Waxed paper. After half an hour I’m no closer to finding a reasonable approach that I can get through these, setting each one aside as I go. Might be hard to tell, but there are 3/4” spacer blocks inline with every other strip on the left edge, up against the guide. That’s another little detail that adds to the frustration.
I found this setup below that seems like a reasonable baseline. If I end up doing more small panels I think some sort of registration jig with clamp/caul cutouts might be the answer. Something where I could put some waxed paper down, load up the strips, place the cauls in the slots, clamp them, more clamps width-wise and then simply lift everything out of the jig.
BTW, here’s what I was hoping to avoid … a single glue up’s got all those clamps and the table tied up…
I’d love to hear your ideas! Thanks!