Clamping Cauls from Scrap 2x4s

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Make big glue ups a cinch with clamping cauls made from scrap 2x4s. For cabinet cases and edge banding, you can’t beat clamping cauls to make glue ups go faster and to spread clamping pressure evenly. These shop assistants allow you to do bigger glue ups with fewer clamps.

Shop Made Clamping Cauls

There’s no reason to buy clamping cauls. All you need is scrap material. There are some distinct characteristics you need the caul material to have so they work as they’re supposed to. We’ll fill you in on the best material to use for cauls, and what you should avoid.

Making a caul is simple, and we’ll teach you how to do it. There are a few steps in making sure the caul is straight and true, and shop-friendly, and we’ll provide everything you need to make that happen.

In this video, you’ll also learn about identifying the “crown” or high spot, toward the middle of the piece of wood you’ve turned into a caul. You’ll mark the crown with arrows so you can take advantage of it when setting up your glue up.

You’ll Use Your Cauls Often

Most of our woodworking projects involve some gluing and clamping. And most woodworkers have a collection of clamps used for woodworking, but you can never really have enough. With clamping cauls in you workshop, you’ll be able to take on bigger projects. Plus, you’ll find yourself wondering how you lived without them!

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4 Responses to “Clamping Cauls from Scrap 2x4s”
    • WWGOA Team

      Thanks for your inquiry. Did you have questions that were not addressed in this video? If so, please let us know and we’ll be happy to assist if possible. (ZD: 3729)

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  1. Scott

    How long should the 2×4 sit and acclimate before it’s steady enough to be turned into a caul?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Scott. It’s hard to say without checking it with a moisture meter, but my guess is that if you bring a 2×4 into your shop and let it sit for a month before machining it, you should be ok. It’s always better to use a moisture meter, however, and just watch the moisture level until it is in the 10% range and stable for a few days before making any cuts.
      Thanks
      Paul-WWGOA

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