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10-10-2009 12:38 PM

When gluing up boards is it better to plain before or after gluing?


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#1 posted 10-10-2009 12:56 PM


When edge gluing boards I rough plane to about 1/4 inch over sized thickness, then after the glue dries flatten everything to final thickness using hand planes.


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#2 posted 10-10-2009 01:03 PM

That would depend largely on the size of your planer but you need to do some planing before glue-up, in my opinion, to get an idea of the grain and coloration of the boards. I generally plane 4/4 stock to about 15/16 and glue-up the panels. If they will fit through my 13” planer then I use a card scraper to remove the glue residue and then plane the panel to its final thickness. But do not rely on the planer to remove hardened glue. This is a receipe for nicked planer blades.

If the finshed panel will not go through the planer then you really do not have an option other than planing close to the final thickness, gluing up the boards and then removing the glue residues. Scraping and sanding will remove enough material to get the panel to the desired thickness. A wide belt sander would be ideal to have for this situation.

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#3 posted 10-12-2009 02:15 AM

I when edge gluing say 4 boards do the out side 2 then the inside 2 plane both close to final thickness
then glue the last joint and you only have one seam to worry about


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