In the Slant Front Secretary #2 entry I mentioned that one of the rough cut boards had a fairly significant twist that I did not think I could remove and still have a final thickness above 3/4". I ended up ripping it on the band saw, I used the bandsaw to get the thinnest saw kerf possible. Next, I planed each half enough to get the rock out (not enough to be flat or smooth). Then I glued the two halves back up and finished planing the material, final thickness came out to be just shy of 13/16".
After milling enough stock to glue up both side panels I mixed and matched them until I found the best grain matches, gluing straight grain to straight grain will help you minimize the look of the glue line. Also make sure that you glue up the boards so that all cathedral grain is going in the same direction, it is easy to forget that one.
I didn't have enough long clamps or cauls to glue up both panels at the same time, but thats ok, one at a time is just as good. Once they were dried I processed the glue seams using a block plan, card scraper and then sanded the panels with the random orbit sander at 80 grit.
I read a tip somewhere - I tried to find it but wasn't able to - about using angle iron as a clamping caul. Make sure you put tape on the angle iron (and your clamps for that matter) to keep from staining your boards. The angle iron worked out nice, what do you use as a clamping caul? Do you even use a cual when gluing up panels?
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