Dovetail Box #13: Feedback Requested Before Lid Glue-Up

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Blog entry by Eric posted 04-07-2008 03:15 PM 1384 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Okay, so I finished my panel grooves in my lid frame, and in the next day or two, I’ll glue up my lid. I’ll tell you what I’m planning to do, and could you let me know if anything sounds funky? Please refer to my previous post for some background, if needed.

1. I’ll run some glue down the grooves of two [adjacent] frame pieces, and on the two miters I’m connecting. Wait a few minutes for the end grain to soak up some of the glue, and then reapply some more on the miters. Holding them up against a square, assemble the two frame pieces and insert the plywood into the grooves. At some point I need to put some masking tape on the outside of the frame, but I’m not sure when that will happen.
2. Repeat previous step for frame piece #3, and then lastly with frame piece #4.
3. Not sure what to use to clamp something this small. I was thinking of using some twine to wrap around it (like a band clamp), and then tighten the knot with a stick or pen or something. Kind of like tightening a tourniquet (not that I’ve done that). Is this necessary? I’d hate to have to make a jig just for this, but even more, I’d hate for my frame to just fall into pieces because it’s not glued right.

Thanks for any feedback you might have. Stay tuned!

-- Eric at

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#1 posted 04-07-2008 04:44 PM

The tourniquet idea sounds like the way to go. Maybe cut some little ‘v’ shaped blocks for each corner for
the string to apply pressure to so that it won’t dent the corners. Just cut little notches in the inside corners so they don’t actually touch the sharp corners. That way you won’t glue them to it.

I would glue it all at once.

I don’t remember but if your panel is solid wood so you might have to worry about expansion. So you will probably want to leave it floating.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-07-2008 11:29 PM

Put tape on from the get go, helps with the whole assembly process (also a good way to test fit the miters)...and don’t forget to key the miters after the initial glue up has dried.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 04-08-2008 07:25 AM

GaryK: Thanks for the tip on the v-blocks. Will do. And my panel is plywood, so I should be good to go by gluing it, right? It would also function like keys on the interiors of the corners.

Dorje: I’ll get to the keys after it’s all dried up – but someone (maybe it was GaryK?) suggested leaving the tape on when I do the keys, so I’ll follow that advice too.

-- Eric at

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