How to Tame Tricky Glue-Ups
Custom cauls can handle every angle and curve
Synopsis: The key to all glue-ups—especially those on curved parts—is that the clamping pressure must be at an exact right angle to the glueline, and centered on the joint. On angled and curved work, the only reliable way to direct clamping pressure precisely is with specialized cauls. Designing and making these helpers may seem like a hassle at first, but not after you experience the benefits. Here, Michael Fortune explains how to make and use clamped-on cauls for curved work, plus specialized cauls for crown molding, rounded surfaces, and cove molding.
Many woodworkers stop at rectangular work, preferring to stick with flat surfaces and right-angled joints. This is a shame because curves and angles make furniture stand out, and they aren’t as hard as you think. Most importantly, they are fun.
A few factors keep people in the box. Even if they know how to cut smooth…