methods of work #12: Glue-ups with plano glue press

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Blog entry by Loren posted 06-15-2013 05:20 PM 2427 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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
after glue-up.

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.

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#1 posted 06-15-2013 07:52 PM

Loren, you gotta a lot of cool gear….. Stationary clamping setups are the way to go. I rigged up a system with Groz bar clamps, not near as nice as the Plano but gets it done.

Should you ever decide to part with the RU50, let me be first in line.

Be Good

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#2 posted 06-15-2013 09:11 PM

You’re not the first to inquire about it. I am not sure
the table is square to the spindle in all directions… it
can certainly do some cool things with a modest footprint
but if I had more room I might prefer something
with more robust support for the table, like an

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Mike Throckmorton

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#3 posted 08-05-2014 12:25 PM

” I am gluing tension into the glue-up.”

Yeah, this actually is an interesting issue to discuss.

We all do this, it’s just part of the process. But it is not appropriate in all circumstances and the learning process to uncover the circumstances is not always a pleasure.

Recently, I glued two boards face to face, which I then would rip in half to make two narrowing beams for a support structure for a table top.

The boards didn’t quite line up perfectly due to a slight curve in one. So I simply clamped them face to fact then applied a clamp sideways in the middle to pull the boards in line.

Glue, dry, cure.

Rip in half.

Got a nice little curve in each upon ripping. Well, sure. Duh.

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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