Wedgegluing panels

Applying clamp pressure to the edges of a glue-up panel ensures strong, tight joints, but it does little to prevent the panel from buckling. In fact, the side pressure from the clamps can even contribute to buckling problems. To help keep your glue-up panel from looking like corrugated metal, try this simple technique. Alternate the bar clamps on opposite faces of the panel (this is easier to do if you use clamp supports, like those shown on the previous page). Then, cut several hardwood wedges. Drive the wedges between the clamping bars and the panel (don't get too aggressive here). Visually inspect the panel to make sure the pressure is even and it's not buckling. If necessary, adjust the pressure of the wedges.

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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