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Forum topic by Mike posted 02-24-2010 10:19 PM 1479 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2010 10:19 PM

Hello all

I am doing some small box stuff with mortise and tenon. 1/8” Tenons on the end of 1/4” thick maple sides into 3/8” thick walnut ends.

Question is, do you generally glue just the tenon or do you put glue in the mortise also?

Thanks for the help

-- Mike, Cantral Oregon

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#1 posted 02-24-2010 10:56 PM

Both, but mainly because all of the videos I’ve watched, the builder did.

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#2 posted 02-25-2010 12:24 AM

I put glue on the leading half of the tenon and swab some just into the mortise. I don’t get any squeeze out this way.

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#3 posted 02-25-2010 01:14 AM

Make sure to check this out for a good tip on avoiding squeeze out – -

The older glues (Elmer’s) always said you should put glue on both surfaces. The newer glues (Gorilla Wood glue) say you only need glue on one surface. I’m not sure where Titebond is on this question.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 02-25-2010 07:46 AM

Thanks guys

I did see that vidio but with only 1/16” or less of coverage outside the mortise I don’t want to try that on these little moritses.

I will try just gluing the tennon and the mortise and not the sholders and see how that works. I was concerned aobut hold strength so I had put glue on the shoulders and had a lot of wiping in a couple of the inside corners.

-- Mike, Cantral Oregon

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