Custom Glue-up

Rex Lumber Company has the ability to provide glued-up blanks for panels, handrail, treads, posts, and wide or thick mouldings. Our glue-up capabilities allow us to make large mouldings from lumber species that are not typically available in the thickness or widths required by laminating stock to the proper size blank. We have the capability of gluing up blanks for both width and thickness.

The GluingProcess

At Rex Lumber Company, we use a 16’ clamp carrier system with hydraulic clamping and panel flattening. Prior to gluing the material, it needs to be prepped by ripping and/or moulding. Once the material is prepped, we stage the pieces to be glued to make sure we have the best grain and color matching possible. After staging, glue is applied, and the material is placed in the glue clamps. When a clamp is full the carrier carriage is rotated and a fresh set up of clamps is put in the workstation which can then be filled. Our standard glue is an interior, water-based glue, but we do also have exterior water resistant and waterproof glues available upon request. Our maximum width capacity is 28” wide, and the maximum thickness is 6” thick.


Custom gluing configurations can be fabricated to run complex or stepped moulding shapes. Our glue-up process minimizes waste and helps you decrease your costs.

Glue-up Applications
Some instances when a glue-up might be required when manufacturing handrails, and stair treads and risers:

  • Stair treads: At Rex Lumber Company, we have the capability to produce both solid and glued-up stair treads in a variety of profiles, thicknesses, widths, and lengths. These treads are glued-up, clear one face, color matched (no sapwood or mineral), with 3 to 6 staves per piece, and are sanded to 120 grit. Treads with miter returns on one or both ends are available.
  • Stair risers: In addition to stair treads, we can also provide stair risers in a variety of species, widths, or lengths. Glued up risers are clear one face, color matched (no sapwood or mineral in Red Oak, no dark green/purple in Poplar), and have 3 to 4 staves per piece.
  • Handrails: Handrails we produce can be made from solid stock, and/or glue up stock. Besides solid profiles we can also produce bending rail, including bending blocks, that can be steam bent to make curved and spiral rails.

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