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Shaker Sewing Counter: Glue-Up Tips 

The glue-up for case pieces is ALWAYS a little nerve-wracking and though this particular Shaker-style Sewing cabinet is no less daunting given its frame-and-panel construction, following these tips can make everything a breeze: 

TIP #1: 
Pre-Finish Before Glue-up = Massive Headache Avoided    

First, you’ll want to save yourself the headache of cleaning glue out of tight, hard to reach corners. The best way to do this is pre-finish your pieces before glue-up. I shellacked all the rails, aprons, legs, panels, and stiles. After everything was glued, I did my finishing touch of wax over the piece but having the shellac down acts as a barrier and prevents the squeeze-out from bonding to the fibers so that you don’t have hard to wipe beads or stains in the wood. If you prefer to finish after the glue-up, the same goal can be achieved with the use of painter’s tape. For example, put a few pieces of tape around the mortises without covering them, then fit the apron into place and trace its outline on the tape. Remove the portion of tape that was covered by the apron, and you’ll be left with an easy to remove guard against squeeze out. 


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