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#1 posted 11-11-2012 05:30 AM

Nowadays with the strength of modern glues, I try to use a few tricks to keep the amount of glue used to a minimum and keep the squeeze out down, such as leaving a bit of space at the bottom of mortises as a glue “well”, only coat the lower half of the tenon, bevel the shoulders to accommodate room for squeeze-out, etc. I had a near catastrophe with hardened squeeze out on wax paper. What a mess, and time and effort. In my opinion, less glue is more. If you can go off for 30 minutes or so then come back, the glue will be hard enough to scrap off but not so hard as to make removal near impossible without a chisel and hammer, or soft enough to make a mess. If you choose to wipe it off just after clamping, use a tooth brush or nylon brush to scrub out the pores, rather than just taking swipes with a wet rag. It’s the glue pushed down into the pores when wipeing that will cause a problem with the finish.

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