Cauls

Although this is basic instructions, I wasn't able to locate much information about making cauls online so I thought I would post this.

Pipe Clamp Cauls
   
Top Gluing Cauls

Pipe Clamp Cauls

These are very easy to make and work great. I had some 2 X 4 kiln dried douglas fur so I used my miter saw and cut 8 pieces, each 9" long.

 

 

I cut each board 1/2" deep X 3/4" wide.

 

I drilled a hole into each board. The size of the hole is based on the size of the pipe clamp.

 

 

 

 

Top Gluing Cauls

I started with these three cauls, 24" long, and once I was finished I realized the cauls were to short so I made two more that were longer.

Mark the center line and an inch out on each side.

 

 

 

I hand planed each board.

 

I checked it with a straight edge.

I paired off the boards and numbered them. I marked with an arrow the direction the cauls should be placed for easy reference.

I wrapped tape around each caul so glue would not stick to them.

 

When using the cauls, the arrows I marked go towards the work piece. The corresponding caul is underneath the table top.

 

The pipe clamp cauls raise the work piece high enough so the other cauls can easily be clamped in place.

 

 

 

 
 
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