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Forum topic by Johnalan Thomas posted 12-14-2015 09:36 PM 893 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-14-2015 09:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood glue tips question

Hello, I’m fairly new to woodworking, started a few months ago I got my shop on November 1st.

The one part I hate about it is glue ups, things slide around, glue gets everywhere, (I work with a lot of pallet wood) a lot of the boards are warped and just don’t want to be glued up.

Any tips will be appreciated.

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#1 posted 12-14-2015 10:15 PM

You have a lot of issues you’re dealing with, but I’ll suggest one major thing: make yourself some shop made cauls.

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#2 posted 12-15-2015 12:37 AM

Clamps of all sorts and lots of them. You can never have to many clamps.

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#3 posted 12-15-2015 12:38 AM

You may be using too much glue… one of those things where more is not always better. Too much glue will make things slide around and drip glue everywhere.

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#4 posted 12-15-2015 12:45 AM

The best glueups come from stock that has been flattened and straightened. Stock preparation should be step one. I’d suggest you bone up on methods for accomplishing that, then your joints will be stronger and more predictable. Joints that fit well prior to gluing don’t need excess glue.

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#5 posted 12-15-2015 04:58 AM

Use hot hide glue. You get a fast tack, it’s clean to work with, and it washes off your clothes. It also has lots of other advantages like saving you money on clamps and oh yes, being reversible.
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#6 posted 12-15-2015 06:27 AM

One trick I have used at times.
Tack a brad, or two, into one of the glue faces and then cut off the head end about 1/8” from the face.
Press the two faces to be glued together without glue making sure you have the desired registration of the pieces.
Separate the two pieces, apply glue to both and brush to cover the surfaces, push the faces together using the brads as alingment, and clamp.
The brads are intended to act as registration pins to reduce the slip of two glued surfaces.

Note that this will not work in all gluing applications!

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