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#1 posted 06-24-2020 04:42 PM

How wide are your pieces and are you going to clamp them all at once?
It s easier to do 2 halves, then clamp the halves together.

4 Cauls should be plenty.
About 4” in from the edge, and a couple evenly spaced in the field.

Snug the cauls just enough to hold the planks flush with each other, (shouldn t have to bear down on them),
Then put on your clamps. I like to snug the clamps tight, then after about 10 to 15 minutes I go around and give them another crank. It s just what I do.

- LeeRoyMan

Thank you!
My pieces are variable width, I think there are 6 pieces total, final width will be 40”. Range is between 5-11” wide. I was planning on doing it all in one glue-up, with the assistance of the cauls. But maybe I should do it in 2.

-- The plan is wrong; my finished piece is right.

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