How to Laminate Wood Into a Block


Creating a block of wood is the beginning point for many woodworking crafts. Laminating wood to create a larger piece allows flexibility in the types of wood chosen. Oftentimes, a larger piece of wood is needed than what is available; attaching smaller pieces of wood together through lamination allows the woodworker to create a piece of wood to fit the size needed.

Step 1

Determine the type of wood you would like to transform into a larger block of wood. Think about what the block of wood will be used to create, and the method that will be used to do this. If the block will create a sculpture using hand tools, a softer wood is recommended, while a harder block of wood is ideal when using power tools.

Step 2

Select flat pieces of wood to glue together. If it is possible to get pieces that all match the desired measurement of the finished piece, do so. For a strong bond, it is recommended that you get pieces that can be glued with the length of the grain in a flush manner, and whose grain runs in the same direction.

Step 3

Stack the pieces to make sure you have enough for your needs. The pieces should form a blocklike shape in order that wood clamps can easily be applied to the glued pieces. Apply even pressure throughout. If the shape doesn't form this shape, add or subtract pieces until it does.

Step 4

Apply glue to both surfaces that are being glued together. Make sure not to apply glue to the outer sides of the pieces. If you do, quickly wipe off the glue with a clean, damp cloth. Apply a thin layer of glue to the surface, making sure to cover the entire surface without adding too much glue. Make sure there is glue on every surface that is being glued together.

Step 5

Press the glued pieces of wood together, adding one piece at a time. As the wood is placed together, wipe away any excess glue that seeps onto the surface of the wood with a damp, clean cloth. Continue this process until the block of wood has been created.

Step 6

Clamp the wood together using wood clamps. Place the clamps securely on the wood, slowing and evenly adding pressure by twisting the clamps tighter. As this happens, glue will seep from the laminated wood. Clean any glue with a clean, damp cloth immediately.

Step 7

Leave the wood clamped tightly until the glue has dried and set completely.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood
  • Wood clamps
  • Wood glue
  • Damp, clean cloth


  • Using Wood Glues
  • Gluing Wood
  • Popular Mechanics: Wood Glue

Who Can Help

  • Woodworking Tools
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Virgil Dudley is an artist, designer, and urban theorist who has written, researched and designed projects in the fields of art, architecture, fashion, and design since 2001. She has written for websites such as eHow. She holds a B.F.A. in ceramics and art history and a M.Sc. in architectural history and theory and is co-owner of an environmentally responsible clothing line.

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