Today, we’re going to take a look at C-channels. First, we’ll tell you what they are, and what they’re used for. Then, we’ll talk a little bit about the C-channels that we have in stock. They’re high-quality products that we’re excited to have, and they can be extremely useful when you’re working on a project like a large tabletop.
With that, let’s get started.
What is a C-channel, and what are they used for?A C-channel is a steel bar that, when looked at from a certain angle, is shaped like a C. There are slots in the bar so that the C-channel can be bolted into the wood.
So what are C-channels used for? In short, they reinforce tabletops to help prevent cupping and warping. You’ll install them on the underside of the tabletop. There are several handy step-by-step tutorials available on YouTube - they’re worth checking out!
What makes our C-channels specialBack in the day, you’d have to purchase your C-channels from a metal shop and laser cut the slots yourself. For many woodworkers, that’s impractical. Our C-channels help to eliminate that problem.
We started by ensuring that our supplier had a number of different C-channel lengths available. We carry 4 different C-channels sizes: 31”, 35”, 40”, and 52”. These C-channels are 2” wide with a 1” total depth and a ¾” wing depth.
Cutting the slots yourself is a chore, so all of our C-channels have pre-cut slots; they measure 1 ¾” in length. This allows for expansion and contraction without putting the structural integrity of your tabletop at risk.
We’ve also opted to use C-channels made out of high strength steel with a powder coating. This gives our product a hard wearing finish - our C-channels can take a beating and still look great.
Perhaps best of all, our C-channels are proudly made in Canada.
Some C-channel prep tipsBefore using the C-channel, you should clean it with acetone. This is actually the best practice for any metal you’re going to incorporate into your woodworking - it helps get rid of any dust, dirt, and oils that might have accumulated on the metal.
We also recommend using at least 2 C-channels per tabletop. For especially large tabletops (8 feet and longer), we recommend using 3 C-channels.
Take a look at our C-channelsWe really like our C-channels - and we think you will too. That’s why we’re encouraging you to shop our C-channel selection - with the quality and variety we have in stock, you’re sure to find one that’s the right fit for your project.
Until next time, take care, and happy woodworking!