7 Tips for Perfect Woodworking Panel Glue-Ups

7 Tips for Perfect Woodworking Panel Glue-Ups

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In this video we cover several tips and techniques to help you get the flattest panels possible. These include selecting lumber, milling, clamping strategies, grain orientation, and more! The ability to make a flat panel is one of the most important things in woodworking. They are the foundation for literally almost every project. So the more of these techniques you can work into your process, the better off you’ll be, and the nicer your projects will be.

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0:00 Introduction
0:18 Picking Lumber
2:25 Milling Lumber
4:31 Grain Orientation
6:31 In/Out” and/or “Up/Down
7:26 Dowels, Dominos, and Biscuits
9:49 Dowelminokits
9:52 Dowmiscuitos
11:38 Usage


  1. Tom Balko on August 26, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    THANK you for the in/out jointer tip. I recently butchered a panel glue up because my jointer was slightly off.

  2. Lyle Stavast on August 26, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    dowels dominoes and biscuits…. needs background music from Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves song…

  3. JyB818 on August 26, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Just randomly scrolling through the Roku channels and stumbled onto one of your old videos. FYI Roku channel 458 the Makers Channel

  4. Yasin Nabi on August 26, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    wow one of my best videso to watch for today….. thanks for sharing,.,,.,

  5. 3hotln on August 26, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Great video – high quality content! " Loving the 3d animations to help explain these concepts ".
    Thank you so much!

  6. Jacobo Alamea on August 26, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Great Job guys!

  7. A_Slacker on August 26, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Thanks guys, these look super helpful.

  8. Naif Albawardy on August 26, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    If you had woodworking courses with more intensive 3d animations like these I would definitely be one of the first to enrol.

  9. Jonathan Baltodano on August 26, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Great information

  10. Otto W on August 26, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    With all those dominos/dowels/biscuits it can be hard to work with the panel without cutting into and exposing one of them.

    My last build ended up 2" smaller because I placed a domino in the wrong spot. ☹️

  11. angel figueroa on August 26, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    Is that blue ball the conche’s cousin from lord of the flies ?

  12. MrSeminole77 on August 26, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    More high quality content- keep up intermediate level please. Thanks for all the input/ time you invest.

  13. GTC on August 26, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    Great video as always! You two are truly a great team, your approach and logic is exceptional. Thank you

  14. Metabeard on August 26, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    I think mean "floating tenons" 😁

  15. Samuel Street on August 26, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Dude you have to stop cutting backwards with that circular saw. Trying to hold that drop will pinch the blade and make the saw kick back and possibly take out your gut. I have seen it happen

  16. John Tiefel on August 26, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    You guys cause me a lot of frustration!! Your videos have so much really good information, I have to watch them several times. "THANKS, GUYS" Keep up the good work.

  17. Thiago Mendes on August 26, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    nice tips!
    as a woodworker myself, this video is like listing a very good check-up list!
    and also, almost, like a curse. if um don’t check one of the items… something will twist.
    thank you for the hard work! big fan.

  18. Samtleben on August 26, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Are Dowmiscuitos carnivore or herbivore?

  19. Chipotle661944 on August 26, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    I take o-fence to your suggesting that my jointer might be off. Shaun will like that joke.

  20. tim armstrong on August 26, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    Great content and good job of explaining, only problem is that not everyone has all the equipment that you have available but we still have the same problems.

  21. Paul LaTerra on August 26, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    Excellent- thanks guys.

  22. Henry Bressack on August 26, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    Outstanding way to present to teach an old guy some new tricks. LOL Thanks

  23. Edward Simmons on August 26, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    Very well done explanation.

  24. Jenny Kampmeier on August 26, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    Dowmiscuitos 🤣

  25. hammerac1899 on August 26, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    in future videos, please, show your faces much closer….)

  26. Harry Conlon on August 27, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Do do

  27. cardboardorigami on August 27, 2022 at 12:00 am


  28. Walter Rider on August 27, 2022 at 12:00 am

    thank you

  29. Border Town Maker on August 27, 2022 at 12:02 am

    Hold up! What’s on the engine stand and do we get a video for that??

  30. Dusseaux Stanislas on August 27, 2022 at 12:03 am

    Il va falloir que je mettent plus sérieusement à parler anglais

  31. jamesitube on August 27, 2022 at 12:03 am

    "You’re not out of the woods yet" – that was funny

  32. Pretty Nicefield on August 27, 2022 at 12:04 am

    Ohhh ! Got it domiscuitos !!

  33. biggorilla83 on August 27, 2022 at 12:05 am

    is there a standard depth for the in/out method to take off? i dont see anyone doing anything like putting pencil on the edge to make sure all of the edge has the new angle. I know the edge, at this point, should be pretty straight but the idea is to potentially put an angle on it that it doesnt already have. so is that a consideration that you need?

  34. Isaac Ventura Giordano on August 27, 2022 at 12:06 am

    thanks, will help me a lot

  35. Brewtality on August 27, 2022 at 12:07 am

    @6:27 fuck nike

  36. tmm channel on August 27, 2022 at 12:09 am

  37. Michael Pilolli on August 27, 2022 at 12:12 am

    Where did you guys get the blue metal tables in your shop?

  38. Charles J Gartner on August 27, 2022 at 12:12 am

    2:42 always been confused by the Jointer/planer/tablesaw method. Why not just joint the face, plane the opposite face, then joint both edges? Why do you finish on the tablesaw and not just joint the final edge??

  39. The_khan on August 27, 2022 at 12:14 am

    10:20 u said doodoo haha

  40. Vince Popo on August 27, 2022 at 12:16 am

    Thanks for all the tips for getting all my banana boards to look nice, before I can get the Rocklefestlakita Dowmiscuito jointer into the shop!

  41. Nick Brutanna on August 27, 2022 at 12:16 am

    A query — what do you use on cauls to prevent them from attaching to the excess glue from glue-ups? I’ve basically taken some saran wrap and used spray glue to attach it to the 2x4s, semi-permanently (it may come free over time as the adhesive ages, but it does a decent job of making it stick to the wood)…

    But I’m open to other ideas.

  42. Jay C. White Cloud on August 27, 2022 at 12:17 am

    I joined some time ago to follow what modern "wood machinists" do today in the craft. There is no doubt you are creative Artisans as many in the modern age have become and I think that is fine…

    However, so much of this content is made from the perspective of "modernism" without any (it seems???) understanding of traditional woodworking it leads to failures in really understanding the craft and as an educator and craftsperson myself I have a concern with that…

    Most notably your "grain orientation" seems to treat wood as if it is plastic and not once a living thing. You suggest (as many do!) flipping it this way or that to suit your needs but not really understanding the craft from as it "once was," to now treating the wood as if it is just another piece of plastic to extrude and shape as one sees fit…

    This is some critical observation on my part (I know and apologize in advance for it) however what would either of you do if you actually had to work your wood from the forest to finished products and do it without drying it…AS IT ONCE WAS DONE…???

    This is the traditional craft of actually being a "woodworker" or of the trades (e.g. Bodger, Cooper, Timberwright, etc) that dealt with wood in its pure and honest form…These are becoming lost skills because of the promotion of "modern wood machining" rather than the craft of…ACTUAL…woodworking that given us the heirloom examples of in our homes and museums today that we call "antiques". Modern woodworking methods of plastic finishes and treatments to all forms (as outlined in this video) of wood machining will simply not give future generations…nor is it really woodworking anymore yet rather (it seems) only wood machining…with little real understanding of wood, its historic traditions, but rather what shape a modern machine can force a piece of wood into…

    Food for thought…

  43. Jaina on August 27, 2022 at 12:21 am

    Every time I watch or rewatch any of your videos, I end up picking up something new. Thanks for putting out such quality content!

  44. Robert Bankhead on August 27, 2022 at 12:22 am

    your video quality is off the charts, not to mention creating new words, mind blown!

  45. Dathaniel on August 27, 2022 at 12:22 am

    Another version of the in/out or up/down method: if using a hand plane, gang up every adjoining edge of each joint and plane them flat together. For example if you had three boards A, B, and C with edges |1 2||3 4||5 6|, you’d take boards A and B and put them together with edges 2 and 3 facing up in the vise and plane them flat, then flip board B end over end, place board C beside it, and plane edges 4 and 5 together the same way. No matter how out of square your planing ends up, as long as those combined surfaces are coplanar, those edges will be complimentary and the panel will be perfectly flat.

  46. Green Woodsmithing on August 27, 2022 at 12:24 am

    Great video, as usual. It’s relieving to know that even you guys (because your furniture looks flawless) have problems with imperfect boards after you’ve taken every measure.

  47. D. G. on August 27, 2022 at 12:24 am

    ….buen vídeo……👌👌👌

  48. Thom Lipiczky on August 27, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Your videos are terrific because of 1) excellent production values–filming/editing, clarity of writing, animated grafix, B) very nice design sense on your furniture (and I’m generally not a fan of "mid-century", but you guys show its best qualities), and three) your engaging, dead-pan, very clear narration. I’ve been enjoying your stuff for a while now, and send my thanks to you and your team!

  49. Jelly G. on August 27, 2022 at 12:25 am

    And still there’s a last thing you can do if you have some boards that aren’t fully flat (coplanar) with each other: take out the orbital sander or belt sander, slap some 60-grit sandpaper and sand the hell out of it. It will be flat in no time (remember to sand with higher grit sandpaper after that). 😁

  50. Roxane on August 27, 2022 at 12:26 am

    Dowmiscuitos 😂😂😂😂