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How to Glue Plywood Together

Updated February 21, 2017

Laminated plywood is used for tables, benches or anywhere a 1.5-inch thick piece of wood is needed. Plywood works better than solid lumber when glued together because it will not split and has a consistently flat surface. After the plywood is glued together, the raw edge is banded with wood, giving the laminated plywood the look of solid hardwood. All you need to glue plywood together is wood glue and clamps.

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  1. Lay two pieces of plywood out on two sawhorses. Inspect both sides of the plywood and choose the sides you like best. Face the good sides down.

  2. Squirt glue all over one of the pieces of plywood. Spread the glue into an even layer with a small flat stick.

  3. Place the other piece of plywood on top the glue with the good side facing up.

  4. Place clamps along the perimeter of the plywood 3 inches apart and tighten them until glue oozes out between them along the perimeter. Let the glue dry for 1 hour.

  5. Tip

    If your plywood pieces are bigger than 24 by 24 inches, use C-clamps with an 18 inch reach to apply pressure closer to the centre of the plywood. Use hand clamps around the perimeter as well. Always glue plywood together bigger than you need it and trim it down to size on a table saw after it's dry.


    Spread plastic or newspapers on the floor to catch dripping glue.

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Things You'll Need

  • Sawhorses
  • Wood glue
  • Woodworker's hand clamps
  • C-clamps, 18-inch reach (optional)
  • Small, flat stick

About the Author

Wade Shaddy

Specializing in hardwood furniture, trim carpentry, cabinets, home improvement and architectural millwork, Wade Shaddy has worked in homebuilding since 1972. Shaddy has also worked as a newspaper reporter and writer, and as a contributing writer for Bicycling Magazine. Shaddy began publishing in various magazines in 1992, and published a novel, “Dark Canyon,” in 2008.

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