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Winter 2013-2014

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Another Angle on Flat Glue-ups

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To keep panels from bowing under clamp pressure while gluing, I install lengths of angle aluminum on each end. I clamp the angle pieces just firmly enough to hold things in place. Then I tighten the pipe clamps. Unlike iron or steel, aluminum won't leave black marks where it contacts squeezed-out glue. Unlike a wooden cleat, it won't become glued to the panel.