Can you please tell me how you go about clamping parts that are
I recently made a couple of doll cradles (one for my daughter and one
for a niece). Compound miters, joined with dovetails. I tried to
clamp them together with wedge-shaped cauls, only to find that
increasing the clamping pressure just causes the caul to slide down
the work. Web-type strap clamps slide around as well.
Anyone have a good method?
Thanks in advance,
You could try making the wedge-shaped cauls with a hook on one end, and
shallows dados, the width of the web strap, on the outside of the caul. This
will keep both the cauls and the web strap in place.
These kind of picture frame clamps can handle it I think, you can see what they do,
pretty much available commonly:
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Yep, they went together pretty well ... I pounded them together with a
rubber mallet, and there's just a hair width gap on the joints at the
baseline. I think the gap should be pretty much invisible after
finishing. But I think if I'd been able to clamp it it would have
come together tighter. I'm still learning as I'm going.
On 10 Oct 2004 20:34:35 -0700, n firstname.lastname@example.org (Nate Perkins)
Cling film (saran wrap). Not really kitchen cling film, but the
thickier, stretchier stuf fyou can get on a 6" wide roll for wrapping
Don't clamp it. Use a splined mitre and a glue with a high initial
tack. You might use some light clamping to stop it falling apart, but
the real location is coming from the spline, not the friction of the
And you usually need the trained octopus to help put it together,
because I don't have enough arms on my own.
On Mon, 11 Oct 2004 12:06:46 -0700, "Charles Spitzer"
No. Rubber bands have their own ideas about how long they ought to be
/ how much force to apply. This stuff can be wrapped and stretched to
fit, so that you get the right tension just where you need it.
Another thing I find useful in the workshop is Velcro. I have a few
huge reels of 2" Velcro, and a bit of this sewn into double-ended
strap. Take a few feet, then sew the ends together of opposing
flavours, with the active side opposite to each other. You can use
these as parcel tiedown straps for all sorts of jobs. A while back I
cycled across town with 8 yards of heavy fabric in a bundle on the
back of my bike, all held in place by a couple of these straps.
Recalls for me a Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks as the 2000 Year Old Man routine:
Reiner: "How do you keep so healthy at your age?"
Brooks:" Fruits. There is a fruit for every disease. Name a disease and
I'll tell you the fruit."
Brooks: "Blueberries. They go and find the bacteria, they stain it and
Brooks:"Bananas. Or, a mushy pear."
Reiner:"Any kind of peaches?"
Brooks:"No. Not Alberta. Cling. Cling peaches."
You can hot melt a sacrificial block on them and use Ulmia clamps.
You can hot melt fancier pieces on and use Chestnut Clam Clamps.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
Make some cauls that match the compound angle, yet leave a 90 deg angle to
clamp. secure the caul with double stick tape or hot glue, do NOT over
tighten. A properly cut dovetail should not require much clamping pressure.
I clamp mainly to insure a square outcome.
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