What is a good clamp for a super thin panel glue-up?

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Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 05-12-2014 12:19 AM 1034 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-12-2014 12:19 AM

I’m making a very thin panel out of numerous strips of wood. Final dimensions will be around 1/8” x 6” x 9”. It isn’t really a “panel” – it is going to be a piece of inlay. But “panel” seems like the easiest way to describe it.

I think I’ll probably do it in two batches, then glue those two together to get my final size.

Obviously, those 1/8” high edges are awfully small. What is a good clamp to use for something like this? Would a normal 12” parallel clamp be appropriate? I’m worried about the pieces not staying flat – I think the problem is called “racking”. I’ve left myself plenty of excess for jointing the face to get it flat. Even so, I would like to keep it as flat as possible in the clamp.

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#1 posted 05-12-2014 12:30 AM

See the little wedges?

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#2 posted 05-12-2014 02:43 AM

Regular clamps with cauls, some some weight on the joint to prevent buckling.

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#3 posted 05-12-2014 02:50 AM

I’m with Loren on this. There’s a reason why luthiers use the wedge clamping method, it works very well. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

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#4 posted 05-12-2014 04:02 AM

That is fascinating, thanks!

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