Ok the last end table I built I just used scrap oak boards and used clamps but I like your bolt idea. Seems to cut down on the number of clamps and trying to get them all to fit.ryan50hrl said:Well thats a good question......word of wisdom....don't make them out of 2x4's ripped down the middle. When you tighten them......they bend and the centers come up....rendering them not only useless.....but almost make it worse.
Now I've used hardwood cauls before and clamped them with a c-clamp within the boundaries of the boards I was gluing up....and they worked well.
Now I always do my glue ups before planing the wood, as I buy 4/4 and finish it down to 3/4 or 7/8. So I'm leery of planing before gluing as it may end up coming out too thin all said and done. Therefore....there's a fair amount of sanding to do yet as none of the boards are the exact same thickness. Theres probably 1/16th to take off one side....and 1/8th on the other to get it perfect....