In this tutorial, I’ll show how I glue and assembly my wine cork displays. If you’re interested in a version with larger pictures, follow the link below:
Now that I’ve got my glass, I can begin the glue-up. However, I suggest sanding the inside first, one less thing to deal with later.
I begin by laying my pieces down on my table with the inside facing down and the front facing away from me. I use a piece of MDF to make sure the front edges are aligned then place masking tape on each joint.
After all the joints are taped, I flip the whole assembly over and fold everything together, taping the last corner. After looking to make sure the corners are tight and everything lines up, I untape one of the corners and lay it back open.
Now I go find my glass. As you can see here, my glass comes stacked with painters tape holding the pieces together. I like stacking them on bench cookies so they won’t get scratched. Actually, I haven’t had these bench cookies long and the only thing I’ve used them for is to hold pieces of glass. I should probably try to use them something eventually…
I do another dry fit with the glass in place to make sure there are no issues.
Next I untape an edge and lay the assembly open again. I sit the glass aside and get out my glue. I spread glue evenly on each miter face, let it sit for a few minutes, the repeat the process.
After I applied all the glue, I insert the glass, fold the assembly together again, and tape the last corner so everything is nice and tight.
You might notice there is a little squeeze out on the inside corners, I usually take care of this with a chisel after the glue drys.
Now, you can let it dry with just the tape holding the joints, but since I got a couple of those band clamps, I’ve been using them to make sure the miters really pull together tight.
That’s about it for the assembly, just them cook for a while, then take the tape and/or clamps off.
In the next section, I’ll show how I cut and glue in the miter keys!
Thanks for looking, any comments will be appreciated.