Plano Professional Glue Press Clamp - PACKAGE DEAL

Plano Professional Glue Press Clamp - PACKAGE DEAL

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£227.88 - £395.96 (£189.90 - £329.97 Ex. VAT)

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Key Features

  • Vertical mounting
  • Boards can be loaded one at a time
  • Applies pressure vertically and clamp side force together to produce lateral pressure
  • 1,250mm maximum clamping height, 120mm maximum clamping width
  • 1m guide rails can easily be linked together
  • Anodised aluminium and galvanised steel construction
  • 3 way clamping action

In Detail

Two age old problems associated with gluing up panels are the amount of space required when using traditional sash clamps and the tendency of the panel to distort under the weight of the clamps. With the aid of some very clever design work the Plano Panel Clamping system has managed to eliminate both of these problems. Because the press is set vertically along a wall with a guide rail to hold the clamps in position, the whole assembly takes up less space and the weight of the clamps is no longer a problem. An added convenience of the vertical mounting is that the boards can be loaded one at a time onto the adjustable lower holder and carefully positioned prior to clamping. When full, the upper free locking device is fastened and the handwheel tightened, not only applying pressure vertically, but also forcing the two sides of the clamp together to produce lateral pressure. The result is a much stronger joint with all the timber exactly centred. The maximum clamping height available is 1,250mm and maximum clamping width is 120mm. The length is limited only by the length of wall space available, each guide rail being 1 metre long and easily linked together. The number of press units required will vary depending upon the type and size of timber used. Made of anodised aluminium and galvanised steel. This package comprises 1 x 1,000mm rail and either 2 or 3 clamps in your selected size.

Reviews (1)

Reviews (1)



25 March 2016

Excellent solution for making panels

Making significant numbers of medium to large panels for furniture I opted to take the plunge and buy this system, having read a number of positive reviews of it online.

I have gone for the 1250mm clamps, buying eight with two rails, two 3x kits plus two extra clamps. This may well prove to be overkill for the beech and oak I general work with but I would rather have too many clamps than too few. I have actually spaced the two rails and not butted them together as suggested this with a 300 mm gap between them allows me to make panels just over 2m long and in my view the rails being separate means I get even spacing of the clamps over a slightly longer run than if the rails were butted together.

Initial assembly is a bit of a challenge as the clamps do need some assembly, some of it requiring a rubber mallet as the plastic block that slides in the rail is more than a snug fit onto the clamp section. Using a frame which is then fixed within a shallow recess I found it was better to assemble the frame and then attach the rail for the clamps after the exact height for this to allow the clamps to rest on the foot can be determined.

So assembly will take some time.

As does setting the clamps up for use. The sections don't have any marking for where to put the bottom clamp for given board widths and it is worth getting out a pencil to add your own numbers. Setting the bottom part is fiddly and is slower than setting up sash clamps, but there again the results are so much better it is worth the extra effort.

That you don't need to biscuit/domino/whatever the individual boards does save time and cost when making a panel, which is good as the system is neither cheap or quick to set up. Without taking off the feet and possibly raising the system I am not sure it is possible to make a 1250mm panel with the 1250mm clamps, but they do allow for a 1190mm panel, with 13mm boards.

The "3 way" clamping really does work as the panel is brought flat as well as the joints being pressed together firmly, though it is in my view far quicker to clamp up a panel with this system when compared to sash clamps it is still worth using a slower acting glue such as what I use which is Titebond Extend. As the panel is flatter and the joints truer there is also a saving in sanding time.

That the system sits flat against a wall is another big win, if you have the wall space, if not a portable frame will need to be built and this may reduce the space saving nature of the system.

All in all if you make panels on a regular basis this system is easily worth the investment, overall it saves time, especially when making more than one panel of the same size. It also should vastly reduce waste as it is almost fool-proof and I have had more than one case where sash clamps weren't but there again I may be more of a fool than most. However only a couple of mistakes with sash clamps would in terms of the cost of the wood and time pay for this system.

Very easy to produce high quality results.
Very flat even panels are easily produced.

Fiddly to assemble.
Takes up space when not in use.
A few basics such as numbers on the slots need to be added.

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