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Posted on Do you always glue, even when you pocket screw?

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#1 posted 09-19-2011 12:58 AM

If it’s not a knock down piece then always glue. IF you don’t plan on your project lasting that long, then no glue will do.

Reason being, wood loses it’s molecular structure as time takes it’s toll. Yes it is in fact still wood, and yes it is in fact still strong, but from the inside it loses integrity. As time goes by you’ll find you’ll need to re-tighten your screws ( im talking years). Glue holds things nice and tight. As a matter of fact I pretty much use pocket screws to get a tight glue joint, I’ll just leave them in afterward for initial support. Glue is always stronger than the wood, ( at least all the wood I’ve worked with) I guess it’s to each their own, but I always opt for glue.

I’d like my work to last a lifetime, and maybe generations. Relying on a pocket screw just don’t do it.

That’s my opinion. I guess it all depends on the circumstance.

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