Dovetail Box #15: Gluing Up the Lid

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Blog entry by Eric posted 05-01-2008 11:01 AM 1955 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The moment of truth. The point of no return. The bridge beyond despair. Okay, I made that last one up. Time to glue up the lid.

I felt like a surgeon preparing for a big operation. First, I did about three dry runs to practice the glue-up, assembly and “cord clamping”. Finally, it was time. I laid out all of my equipment in the order in which I’d need it: glue, spreader (the innards of a foam brush), two squares for the opposite corners, parachute cord and a pencil for tightening, small clamp to hold the pencil in place, and a ruler to measure the diagonals for square. It was harrowing and yet fun.

Lid Glueup 1

When it was all said and done, I had a squared-up lid. For the cord clamp, I actually ran the cord in the key slots. I then tied two loops near each end and ran a pencil through those loops. Then I wound the pencil up as tightly as possible, and used the clamps merely to keep the pencil from spinning back the other way.

Lid Glueup 2

One last shot just for a different angle:

Lid Glueup 3

Next stop: Cutting the keys, and slicing off some veneer for the top and bottom of the lid.

-- Eric at

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 05-01-2008 11:35 AM


This is looking pretty good so far.

Keep the posts coming. I am enjoying this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 05-01-2008 05:21 PM

You are doing a great job Eric. It knida reminds me of Fred Flintstone, just using hand tools :-)

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

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#3 posted 05-01-2008 09:59 PM

looking great Eric. nice idea with the two pencils and the clamp to tighten it up. I have a comision for a very large frame to make. i think i will try this method to clamp it. Thanks for the post!

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#4 posted 05-02-2008 02:18 AM

Great job- very nice solution with the pen and chord for a very discreet band clamp.

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#5 posted 05-02-2008 07:36 AM

Those slots for the keys sure worked out as a nice way to help pull that frame together! You’re in the home stretch…

Not that finishing it is any more important as the process!

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

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