Clamping Panels the Easy Way
An inexpensive vertical press saves space and makes aligning boards a snap
Synopsis: Jim Tolpin built a vertical press to hold large pieces during clamp-up to free his bench and prevent racking in the piece while it cures. The press is made from 2x4s and 2x6s and common hardware, and Tolpin explains how to build. He talks about how he uses it and how to ensure uniform clamping pressure. A small project plan clarifies how the press goes together and works.
When I need to glue up small panels, I just gather up a few pipe or bar clamps and work right on my bench. When I have everything clamped, I take the assembly and set it against a wall, taking care not to rack it when I set it down.
Large panels, like tabletops, and large glue-ups, like full-sized entry or interior doors, aren’t so easy. Moving heavy pieces like these can be more than a little unwieldy, making…