The Plano is not a minor investment (I got mine used), but it
does stay at the ready and it has a way of flattening boards
that makes otherwise stubborn glue-ups easier.
As you can see, I use bar clamps for added pressure,
just to be thorough. It the ends are not lining up,
I put deep-throat clamps on them. I am gluing
tension into the glue-up. When I was younger I
thought I would try to tune every board as flat as
possible, but in doing work for clients it’s often just
not feasible with 4/4 stock. I do remove twist if
needed, but bowing and minor cupping I take out
In the picture you can see my overarm router on the left
and linotype saw/trimmer next to it. I work in a small
shop and have to move stuff around to use the Plano.