Big Clamp Stabilizers
These grooved blocks will hold the bar clamps upright so they won’t ﬂop over when you tighten the boards in the clamps.
To make them, use your table saw to cut a 3/4-in. deep slot midway along the face of a 2×4. You want a snug ﬁt for the bar, so stop and test-ﬁt it in the slot as you widen the slot with additional passes. Now crosscut the slotted 2×4 into 4-in. long blocks, press the bars into the slots, and glue that tabletop without the maddening clamp ﬂops! P.S. Slotted blocks work well to hold round pipe clamps, too, as long as you cut extra-snug slots.
E-Z Bottle Caps
A medium-duty E-Z Ancor is the best glue bottle cap we’ve found. The narrow rectangular tip seals the opening of every glue bottle we tried. And the E-Z Ancor is much larger than the cap—so it’s that much harder to lose.
Cauls Keep Glue-Ups Flat and Flush
My favorite cauls are made from 2x4s. I carefully select ones that have a slight bend or 'crown' along the 1-1/2-in. edge, but no twist or warp. The crown is an advantage because it creates extra pressure in the middle of the caul. I label all my cauls with an arrow marking the direction of the crown and the length of the caul.
What's a caul?
If it's designed to spread clamping pressure over a wide area, you can call it a caul.