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Posted on Are Most Benchtops Woefully Underclamped during Glueup? (probably not)

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#1 posted 12-06-2012 07:36 PM

a few things:

1. while many articles discuss not applying enough pressure, I have never seen any reference (with supporting evidence) that a joint can be starved of glue – or over-clamped.

2. there are Optimal numbers, and then there are acceptable numbers, I think what the article refers to are optimal numbers meaning BEST CASE SCENARIO. does not mean than anything below those numbers will result in joint failure. From the wording of some of those sentences one would think that 98% of all woodworking projects should have failing joints, but in reality this is just not the case.

to sum up the above, this is why you should use whatever clamps you have, and clamp those table tops as much as you can – as much as your clamps will allow you to. it’s “the best you can do”. If you mill your wood properly, the friction between the wood fibers will also reduce the chance of those joints failing, the glue is really only an additive.

don’t over think it. History suggests that it’ll be OK ;)

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