With this plan you can make a Crossbar for edge gluing, a simple but very useful clamp.

A few hours in the workshop are all that's needed to make this useful woodworking clamp. It can be made of almost any kind of wood and perhaps would be a good way for you to use up some of your scrap.


Crossbar for edge gluing plan
Project type
Project difficulty
Skill level
for beginners
Level of workshop equipment
Hobby - Hand tools and power tools
Applied woodworking joints
Butt joint reinforced with glue

This free woodworking project may easily be changed in construction or dimensions to suit some individual need.


A crossbar for edge gluing is a simple clamp which serves to keep panels from bowing during glue-up when clamping pressure is applied. It is of very simple construction and easy to apply. The board gluing fixture consists of the following parts: strips, spacers and fasteners (standard parts).

Changing the length of the strips allows customization according to different panel widths. If you want to make your crossbar for edge gluing, the cross-sectional dimensions of the strips parts need to be increased for very wide panels. The spacers are glued between the strips, and their thickness should be slightly larger than the screw diameter.


Exploded view and parts list
Crossbar for edge gluing - Parts list
Assembly drawing
Crossbar for edge gluing - Assembly drawing


In the next picture you can see how to tighten the panels during glue-up using bar clamps and the crossbar for edge gluing. 

Crossbar for edge gluing - How to use

Instead wing nuts you may also use plain nuts, but then you definitely need a wrench to get the job done right with this clamp.


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Submitted by Ceh Jan