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Simple and effective back bracing cauls
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nthill

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Just wanted to share my method with everyone about my caul system for the back braces....I actually used something similar on the top braces on my first build, but it wasn't as pretty and took about 3 sessions to properly get everything glued down...

As shown in the photos, you basically take a thin 1" wide or less strip of wood that is a pliable, yet somewhat stiff....and then you just clamp one side behind the back and the other side over top of the brace itself...you made need some thin little shims to make sure that everything is seated properly...but it works great and gives the back of the guitar a nice little curve while the glue is drying...


Feb 27, 07 | 11:03 pm
Ken Cierp

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I have use a similar set up, I now use a vacuum system, anyway instead of the bar clamps I drilled holes (actually slots) at the ends of all the sticks. Than I used 3" 1/4 20 bolts from the bottom up put a dab of glue on the head to keep it from falling out. Then use a wing nut and washer on the top stick. Its like growing an extra set of hands (fumbling with bar clamps can be a PIA). At some point I plan to release a brace clamping system based on this design.

Ken

www.kennethmichaelguitars.com

Feb 28, 07 | 4:48 am
jhowell

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Nice looking system!

Feb 28, 07 | 8:05 pm
jplee3

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How would you go about doing something like this for the top bracing?

Oct 10, 07 | 12:03 am
Ken Cierp

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Easy and perfectly accurate!

http://www.kennethmichaelguitars.com/contourcaulkitinstrction.html


Ken

Oct 10, 07 | 4:08 am
jplee3

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Oh yea that's right Ken!

I actually remember I tried this but was having one heck of a time with it. I think I tried using business cards as well as 3x5 index cards but I couldn't get them to stay together! I had problem fanning them out as well... anyway, I guess I'll pickup several packs of 3x5 cards and give it another shot.

Oct 10, 07 | 10:07 am
Ken Cierp

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Just start at the thin end and keep piling them on -- hmmmm ? I must be missing something? Put tape right on top the caul on both sides I use plastic packaging tape. They will never come apart. It takes me about three minutes to make a caul. I think business cards are too small. Keep me tuned in -- Thanks

Ken

Oct 10, 07 | 10:24 am



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