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Re: A discussion of panel clamps

Don Stephan
Curious about the suggestion that gluing thicker stock should have greater clamping pressure. Is the issue clamping pressure per square inch of the joint? In a discussion perhaps several months ago I thought it was suggested that bar clamps are capable of supplying much more pressure than needed.

A side note, when placing bar clamps above a joint I've had black stain occur if the bar was in contact with the wet glue, probably on red oak. I always use a spacer by each outside edge so that the bar will not contact the surface of the wood. This also avoids a possible ding in the wood if the clamp slips out of my hand.

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