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Tame tricky clamp-ups

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Beat the bulk
2 boards on table
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On wide panels, use clamping cauls
-- shaped slightly thicker in the middle
than at the edges -- to help distribute
pressure evenly across the panel.
Red toolbox on boards
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If you don't have a long enough caul,
utilize something heavy, such as a
toolbox, to apply pressure in the
middle of a field.
2 photo together, clamping them together
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To get more from a limited number
of clamps, we glued in half of this
bookcase's shelves, and after they
dried, reused the clamps to install
the remaining shelves.

Beat the bulk

Large assemblies, such as casework and cabinetry, require loads of clamps, and big ones at that. To apply pressure to areas beyond the reach of the clamp's jaws, extend their reach with cauls (right), or use a heavy object instead (center right). If you don't have enough clamps to complete a glue-up, try making just a few clamps do the same job (below right).


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