Tips for a Panel Glue Up

Tips for a Panel Glue Up

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If you need wide, solid wood panels for your next project, you’re going to have to glue them up. Doing a good panel glue up isn’t hard, but there are specific steps you need to follow, and things you need to take care of, to make sure the panel glue up turns out well. A well composed panel can easily end up looking like one large piece of wood, with no seams at all.

There are a number of things to keep in mind as you work on gluing boards up to make a large panel. They include color match, grain pattern match, quality of the joints, amount of glue used, and more. You’ll learn about all of these things in this video.

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There are some very common questions about panel glue up that we’ll take care of for you in this video. Should you use biscuits or dominoes or dowels in the joint? How do you know the joints are sound? How much glue should be used? How large should the glue up be compared to the final panel required for the project? What’s the best way to handle squeeze out? You’ll get answers to all of these questions.

This is a pretty comprehensive video, but WoodWorkers Guild of America has a great depth of information ready to help you out. If you want to go even more in depth, we’ve got it for you, and you can learn more on gluing up panels.

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  1. GabrielBacon on June 2, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    what kind of clamping jig is that?

  2. MrKfq269 on June 2, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    I’m making a six board panel. Should I glue all 6 at once or glue 3 panel, glue 3 panels and then join the 6 panels with one last glue application? Thanks.

  3. Casey Griswold on June 2, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Good, informative video. Thanks for sharing the knowledge. But I gotta bust your chops; for a tattooed man that knows his way around a wood shop, it took me by surprise seeing you spread glue on a 3/4" thick board with a brush. Do you also drink beer with a straw? 😀 😛

  4. Hammond Miers on June 2, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Quick easy access to many projects with Stodoys plans.

  5. Lanco Adhesives on June 2, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    How to prevent open end joints

  6. ilikevideos on June 2, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    is flipping the endgrain with each board common to avoid board curling?

  7. M M on June 2, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    I too will something make and glory in the making.

  8. DR MG on June 2, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Sorry, I was just curious on what glue I should use…

  9. Trevor P on June 2, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Just some added tips… Industry standard is you don’t want a board wider than 4". This can lead to stress and structure concerns. It will also reduce cupping, bowing, warping as the smaller boards will fight the ones next to it during wet summers or dry winters. Also, making it look good is ideal for wood working but you should also look at end grain. If you cut a board apart and then glue it back together in the same positions it may warp, bow, or cup just like it would have, like nothing was done to it. If you flip one board so that the end grain is opposite this can reduce the cup/warp/bow the panel will or would have taken.

    (((((())))))))((((((( = Flipped middle of three boards so that grain is opposite. Should try and alternate ever other board in a panel. (If i could turn the parentheses 90 degrees this would be more appropriate. What i have shown is quarter sawn lumber which is more expensive and wouldn’t need this process as much due to the tight grain and straight up and down grain)

    This is a science and biology thing. When the boards swell in summer and shrink in dry winter the boards will fight each other and "should" keep each other from deforming. Also, the cells in the wood will swell and shrink no matter what. So the theory is that like a gravel road, even though it’s bumpy and rough and can swell and change, it still looks flat from a distance. The flipped grain should help reduce the ebb and flow and still make it look somewhat flat years from now. If the grain is all the same way the cells will replicate the shrinking swelling effect in the same direction and then a deformation maybe more noticeable.

    I use Red Oak and the first table I ever made is still perfect using these tips. Only damage is from my wife mopping the floor and hitting the legs with water. Have to re-wax the legs from time to time.

  10. Eric Menefee on June 2, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I always get something useful from your videos. Using a little less glue and not so much pressure on my clamps.

  11. Thomas Clarke on June 2, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    Excellent demonstration.

  12. kltech on June 2, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    what if we have 2 panels….one that is horizontally flat on the table, and another that is vertically up? what is the best way to bind them together (makes an L when done) ? Any videos on that?

  13. Layton Miller on June 2, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    Great video wtih a good explanation. Thanks!

  14. Tom Bombadil on June 2, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    That is a very long neck

  15. Dan Mottesheard on June 2, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    best glue up I have seen. I am paying for a bad glue up right now on my grandsons desk top. lots of planing in progress. thanks for posting

  16. Antonio Perez on June 2, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Excellent information, thanks!

  17. CA Rasmussen on June 2, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    great video very informative. Thank you, a very grateful beginner

  18. Cheekyoziechick on June 2, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you.. you are very clear to understand.

  19. kyle mcwilliam on June 2, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    what type of glue

  20. Wolfman on June 2, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Thank You Sir for the Info!!! 👍😎

  21. David Adams on June 2, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Thank you sir! I think I picked up at least 3 corrections to my joining process. Like not wiping before glue is gelled a bit. Subscribed!

  22. Luke Martin on June 2, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    6:07 "bloop, bloop"

  23. Chris Emrick on June 2, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    I don’t know where these guys come from he didn’t even mention the most important part of gluing up panels you must kerf the boards this means on the end of the board one groth ring is up the next must be down to keep the panel flat over time I watched this whole video and he never talked about the fundamentals I wish I had time to make videos check out my buisness emricks cabinets and woodworking I’m a master carpenter with 30 years of experience and please properly educate yourselves and kerf all glue up panels or your doors will crack and you’ll be making boomerangs lol

  24. Moses R on June 2, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Hello, I was wondering if you could help me. I recently made a panel glue up similar to yours and I also used dowels. however since I did not have clamps the job came out sloppy. I worry about the glue up breaking where the boards connect. if you have any advice on how to fix my terrible glue up please let me know asap.thanks

  25. Tàu Lạ Tàu Lạ on June 2, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    I have seen many times the plain glueup boards like this without domino or biscuit joints got cuping badly.

  26. Beth Larson on June 2, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    I liked this one, no overt talking; no bragging, no fluff or bullshit. Straight to the point without any annoying music. Thanks George!

  27. collie99 on June 2, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    What make of clamps are those? And what size?

  28. Josh Bee on June 2, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    I noticed orientation of end grain to avoid cupping wasn’t mentioned? I thought that was more important than matching face grain

  29. ohmightyone on June 2, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Hi there! I am new to this and really enjoying it. At 0:35 you mention the boards are "ready to go" and that that means you have already "jointed the edges." Could you explain how to do that, or is there already a related link you would recommend on that subject?

  30. Bruce Miller on June 2, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Run tape on all the edges where the joints are. Then wipe off glue after clamping. Easy.

  31. Jeff Lieurance on June 2, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks. Probably the best tutorial about glue ups I’ve watches. Answered all of my questions about pressure, etc.

  32. nafnaf0 on June 2, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Depending on the wood, the glue is not stronger than the wood. Maple joints will show an adhesive failure (interface between the adhesive and the adherend) under a transverse tensile load

  33. emla99 on June 2, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    What is the best way to store these panel for long term ?

  34. Rob Hartmann on June 2, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    I always clean up my glue with a damp cloth and wipe the whole board down.

  35. Brian Jones on June 2, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Biscuits or dominos, but not dowels?

  36. Cheng Liu on June 2, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    If the squeeze out hardens before you clean it, can you just sand it off later?

  37. telosfd on June 2, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    How you manage the glue brush at the end of the job?

  38. CWP Woodworks on June 2, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    All this time I thought I needed more clamps 🤔

  39. Joseph Mupenda Muyeva Wood Caving Cc on June 2, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    I like the wood

  40. Lrd Diablo on June 2, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    am i the only one trying to comprehend the sign on the door in the background? lol must be a troll

  41. Tony Medeiros on June 2, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Glue ups on thicker bards, as well as wider. Is there a different clamping process, and is the pressure the same? Do you have to place clamps on each joint to insure flatness? Thank you, very educational.

  42. Jim Smith on June 2, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Great information. Concise and to the point.

  43. On D Fluff on June 2, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Any need for cauls (I think that’s how it’s spelt) seen many videos with mixed responses

  44. Ron Hitchcock on June 2, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Great tips. How do you get the glue off of the clamps.

  45. Leo Charles on June 2, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Sir thanks for the video…one question..what glue a you using?

  46. Moses Amolo on June 2, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    What’s the brand of clamps you are using?

  47. William C Allen on June 2, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    exactly what I was looking for. Thanks kindly

  48. Rick on June 2, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    I appreciate this tutorial! Well Explained. How do I overcome cupping after the glueup? 3/4" material. I’m trying NOT to plane down anymore.

  49. Toby on June 2, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    What product do you use to clean the clamps from glue built up?

  50. Vincent Esposito on June 2, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Hear a lot of conflicting opinions on how long to keep the clamps on for something like this. Recommendations? 4 hrs, 8 hours, 24 hrs?