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

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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 09-19-2011 02:27 AM

True, with an end grain member in the joint it is not technically a glue joint, but there will be some adhesion.

If absolute precision is the need of the day, I’ll glue the butts together and clamp, and in 30 minutes apply the screws. There is absolutely no creep this way. This is also a valuable technique when you’re close to the end of a piece of split-prone wood such as hickory or doug fir. Glue it first, wax the screw and you’re more likely to be successful.

Also, and I’m reporting this only via rumor, if some Mr. Stupid in the shop assembles a non-glued faceframe a little wrong, and you have to shift something a little bit, then the glue trick will prevent the screw from wandering back into the old hole. Just rumor, please note.



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