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Forum topic by irish620 posted 10-13-2016 07:50 PM 314 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-13-2016 07:50 PM

Hey Guys,

I’m making this decorative wall art piece from 2’’ wood scraps of ash, cottonwood and poplar. They are milled square to 3/16, 5/16, 1/2 and 3/4, cut to various lengths and then attached to a piece of shop grade 1/2 baltic birch measuring 48×82.

How would you attach these 200 pieces to the plywood ? Yellow glue or construction adhesive ? To clamp or not to clamp ? Taking into account expansion and contraction ? I would like to avoid brad nails but perhaps pin nails would at least hold in place while it drys without clamps.

Advise ?

Below is what I am replicating :

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#1 posted 10-13-2016 08:10 PM

Wood glue. Not sure if clamping would be necessary, but if you want to – perhaps a thickish piece of foam laid on top and then covered with a sheet of plywood and some weights would be sufficient. The foam would conform to the uneven surface and provide a more or less even pressure on all the pieces.


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#2 posted 10-14-2016 06:40 AM

To answer the question, I would use hot hide glue.
- very fast tack so no clamping needed
- reversible so I could change things around for artistic appeal at any point in the assembly.

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#3 posted 10-14-2016 02:15 PM

x1 Hot Hide Glue

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