Gluing And Clamping

Q & A: Clean Up Squeeze Out

Q & A: Clean Up Squeeze Out Q: I saw one of those woodworking wizards on television the other day. As I watched the guy build a three-day project in 30 minutes, I noticed he washed off glue squeeze out with a wet cloth immediately after clamping. Won’t the water weaken...

Q & A: Perfectly Flush?

Q & A: Perfectly Flush? Q: I recently bought a plate joiner in hopes that it would help me get perfect alignment when edge-to-edge gluing. I’m still getting some unevenness at the joints.What gives? A: Biscuits help considerably with alignment, but getting absolutely perfect alignment is unlikely.Having glued up what seems...

Q & A: Rub-Joint Gluing

Q & A: Rub-Joint Gluing   Q: My panel glue ups drive me nuts because the boards slide around whenever I clamp them together. Then I end up beating them back into position. What’s going on?   A: Most likely you’re putting too much glue on the joints and your boards...

Q & A: Removing Old Glue

  Removing Old Glue Q: I’ve got some old furniture that’s been reglued too many times. How do I get the old glue off so I can get back to clean wood? A: If your furniture was made before World War I, there’s a good chance it was put together with...

Oops! Super Glued

Super Glued By Jim McMichael After making a small repair with super glue, I put the tube in my pocket and forgot about it. Later, when I saw the tube’s cap sitting on my workbench, I instinctively reached into my pocket— and discovered that my pants were securely glued to my...

11 Tips for Using Epoxy

11 Tips for Using Epoxy By Brad Holden Epoxy is a specialty glue that does more than simply stick wood together. It also fills gaps. That makes it ideal for tackling loose joints, hard-to-clamp parts, repair work and colored inlays. Besides that impressive flexibility, it’s also useful for joining wood to...

AW Extra 3/7/13 – 10 Tips for Gluing Miters

10 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...

Spring Clamps Reduce Glue-Up Stress

      Gluing up a cabinet in a one-person shop can be stressful. Thankfully, I found a simple cure. A pair of 3-in. spring clamps make sturdy tripod supports on the ends of cabinet parts.They hold everything up while you fit the parts together.Now I don’t break out in a cold sweat when it comes time to...

Quick Router Dado Setup

    I shorten the time it takes to rout dadoes with a simple jig made from acrylic.A small, 6-in.x 24-in.piece will do.Mark the point where your router base will ride against the straightedge. Then, measure the exact distance from that point to the center of your router bit (“A”in the photo). Mark that distance in from...