Once again trying to use the whole buffalo.
when making slats from boards there tends to be extras. also when i find myself on a roll i end up with even more extras.
if the slats were to lay around in a non-compressed form then they will eventually warp. to keep the thinner slats from cupping, bowing, springing or twisting i put them in a slat clamp.
i do this because it is important not to waste materials nor the efforts used in creating the slats in the first place.
slat clamps are easy to make from scraps of oak pallets and plywood spacers.
i keep the clamps around 18"x1 5/8"x3/4".
the shorter length will control the clamps themselves from warping.
they are all glued and pinned. the only fact to ensure is that the side grain be on the top and bottom of the clamp. this will also reduce the warping of the clamp.
keeping the winged nutted bolts free moving allows the pressure of the clamping area to be more focused on the slats themselves.
the back clamps show what to do with longer slats. just adding a third clamp
when not using they store very compactly.