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Posted on gluing up small *thin* panels

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#1 posted 12-22-2015 06:30 PM

Thanks i’ll try this once i get home.

I have used masking tape many times as a “clamp” on thin or irregularly shaped parts.

As WoodNSawdust says, use the blue masking tape (it has a bit more stretch). I like the 1” wide stuff.

Typically I will apply a thin bead of glue to the edges, enough to fully cover but avoiding excessive squeeze out.

Join the edges with the pieces lying on a flat surface (that glue won t stick to).

Place a piece of tape (about 2” long) securely on one of the pieces, then while pressing your thumb down on the end, stretch the tape over the joint and press it down on the other side. The tape will spring back, effectively applying force to the joint.

I like to apply a strip of tape about every 2”.

After securing one side of your panel, flip the panel and tape the other side the same way. You can t really over stretch the tape, if it breaks, just do it again with a little less force.
You can easily check the panel alignment and adjust for flush as you tape. Usually everything stays flush, but it won t hurt to place you panel between some flat boards (non-stick) to keep things flat while the glue sets.

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