Gluing And Clamping

AW Extra 6/26/14 – Glue Squeegee

Glue Squeegee I stack-laminate boards to create turning blanks. Each blank contains numerous laminations, so I have to work fast during assembly. To spread glue quickly and evenly, I use a squeegee designed for silkscreening. You can buy one at an art supply store for about $7. (A regular window-cleaning squeegee...

Q & A: Glue-Line Rip Blade

Q: I use my jointer to clean up sawn edges before glue-up. The results are great except when I try to joint figured wood. Any suggestions? A: Jointing highly figured wood often leaves nasty tear-out. It’s times like these that a tablesaw and a specialized blade called a glue-line rip blade...

AW Extra 3/13/14 – Pipe Clamp Protectors

Pipe Clamp Protectors Iron pipe clamps can mar a finished surface and leave nasty black stains if they touch a wet glue line. My solution is to raise the pipe above the surface with corrugated-plastic wiring harness covers sold in automotive stores. They come in a variety of sizes and are...

AW Extra 1/23/14 – Glue & Clamps

Glue & Clamps A dry run is the key to a hassle-free glue-up. By Ian Kirby Everything looked good, until you added glue and clamps. Then the wood began to slip and slide, you scrambled for scrap blocks and more clamps. The glue ran before it grabbed, welding the blocks to...

AW Extra 1/2/14 – Tips for Gluing Miters

Tips for Gluing Miters By Bruce Wiebe Every woodworker faces their share of miter joints, whether framing a mirror, edge-banding a coffee table or assembling a jewelry box. And even for seasoned woodworkers, gluing miter joints can be frustrating. Gaps appear. Imperfect cutting or gluing leaves the joint misaligned. One of...

AW Extra 11/14/13 – Working with Melamine

Working with Melamine It’s dirt cheap, it’s practical, and best of all, there’s no sanding and finishing! By Dave Munkittrick Melamine is the professional cabinetmaker’s best friend. Build a cabinet with it and you have a complete, durable interior that requires no sanding (yes!) and no finishing (oh, yeah!). Pros often...

AW Extra 10/10/13 – Working Alone

Working Alone Solitary Strategies for Three-Handed Tasks By Tim Johnson One of woodworking’s major attractions is being able to say, “I built that myself.” On the surface, this statement is about mastering skills and techniques. But on another level, it’s about independence—the satisfaction that comes from discovering methods that allow working...