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You can use bar clamps, parallel clamps, or a vertical clamping system like Hawk’s to glue up a flat panel from several small pieces, but you have to watch out for the panel warping or cupping. The Plano glue press ensures flat panels by exerting force on both the edges and the top and bottom of the panel.

Advanced Machinery claims that by using their system you don’t need other alignment methods like dowels or biscuits, and the panels come out flat so there’s no additional planing or sanding required to get a flat surface. The clamps mount vertically on a 39″ rail to save space, which also supposedly reduces drying time. You can make panels up to 5″ thick and can expand the system to make almost any length of panel, but they recommend one clamp at least every 12″.

A set of 43″ clamps with a rail runs about $350, while a set of 49″ clamps and a rail cost about $450. You can buy additional 43″ clamps for $120, 49″ clamps for $150, or 55″ clamps for $240. Other configurations are also available from the Advanced Machinery website.

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3 Responses to Make Flatter Panels With Plano’s Glue Press

  1. Gary says:

    Something like this would be nice, but I haven’t had any problems with cupping when clamping – with or without dowels or biscuits. Careful alignment and even pressure work out just fine. Now if one of these comes up in a big sale, I might just get one.

  2. Kris says:

    So these clamps run ~ 3 times what a Jet or K-Body would cost. Nice idea but definitely not worth the premium for me. YMMV.

  3. Shopmonger says:

    One of the wood magazines had a design for this. Then go to HF and get each clamp for 9.99 i have 4 or 5 of them and they are great. So for abut $100 and some time you would have one and about $250 for wood to make panels.

    ShopMonger

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