Panel glue-ups - Do you assume that cleanup and flattening is required?

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Forum topic by paxorion posted 02-25-2014 08:58 PM 593 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2014 08:58 PM

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As I’ve gotten more and more woodworking projects under my belt, I find that panel glue-ups have been my third most “hated” part of projects (behind sanding and finishing). The reason I “hate” glue-ups is that I feel like I’m stressing myself needlessly by chasing a pipe dream of perfect edge alignment. During my project, I find that I have gotten significantly better in achieving better results because…
  1. I’ve gotten much better at properly milling my material S4S so that when placed flat dry, I see zero gaps
  2. Parallel clamps have proven to work exceptionally well with panel glue-ups
  3. The use of cauls have helped with alignment
  4. A dry run of the glue-ups help me understand what to expect, so the actual glue-up goes smoothly

My question is, do others find panel glue-ups as frustrating as I do? Or am I needlessly causing my to blood pressure to shoot up when I should be OK with some scraping/sanding to flatten the panel glue-ups?

-- paxorion

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#1 posted 02-25-2014 09:04 PM

I don’t stress over them.
I mostly use parallel clamps, but also employ 4 sided clamps too.
You don’t even need square sides, just complimentary angles.

And I usually employ a bit of spring in my joints if I am jointing during more humid months.

I stress more over finishing.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 02-25-2014 09:05 PM

Yep. Some scraping/sanding should be expected. Don’t worry. Be happy. Where have I heard that before?


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