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Forum topic by ChunkyC posted 09-07-2010 02:28 AM 3089 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-07-2010 02:28 AM

I’m trying to finish up an inlay project that I have going. The inlay is for a friend who’s a University of Wisconsin alum and he wants the U of W “running W” inlayed in the top. The inlay “W” is roughly 13” x 13”. I’ve got the inlay material re-sawen, planed down and jointed and the thickness is just a few thousandths under 3/16”. Is there anything “special” to gluing thin stock that I’m not aware of? I can’t remember ever edge gluing stock this thin before.


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#1 posted 09-07-2010 02:55 AM

I’ve got a clamping jig I use when clamping really thin material. Basically it is four clamps that hold the material flat while I glue and clamp the two pieces together. Once the glue dries, I remove the clamps then unclamp it from the jig. I’ve only used it a few times, but seems to work well. I can post a picture tomorrow if you would like.

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#2 posted 09-07-2010 03:17 AM


Yes, I would like to see your jig. The edge gluing jig that I use is junk. It creates more of hassles than it solves.

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#3 posted 09-08-2010 12:28 AM

Chunk – It won’t be until tomorrow. My wife had the camera with her today. I’ll get it tomorrow and snap a few pictures for you.

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#4 posted 09-08-2010 03:17 AM

I use two methods, although my thin panel edge gluing has been for floating panels, etc which all have a straight edge.

Method one is to rub the joint and then hold with finger pressure till the glue starts to set.

Method two, for thin strips like this, is to hold it in place with blue painters tape wrapped over the edge every couple inches. With today’s PVA glues, you do not need a lot of clamp pressure for thin items. Just enough initial pressure to squeeze out any excess glue.

For a quick set, use CA (cryanoacrylate) also known as super glue, but don’t glue your finger to the piece.


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#5 posted 09-09-2010 05:53 AM

Real simple. I hope the pictures come out.

Clamp your material to the jig using the toggle clamps

Apply glue to the edges and clamp the second piece to the jib using spring clamps

Slightly clamp the two pieces together. You shouldn’t need too much pressure.

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#6 posted 09-09-2010 07:20 AM

There should be no need for clamps. This isn’t going to be a stand alone project is it? If it is then attached or glued down to something, blue or green tape is all you will need. A little glue on an edge & stretch the tape across the seam. Just make sure it doesn’t stick to the surface below with wax or whatever.

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#7 posted 09-11-2010 04:31 AM

Here is one way I found that looks very good:
Clamping Jig

Another way that I have used successfully but can’t find any information on is:

-Use a backer board larger than the pieces being glued together
-Spread wax paper under the two pieces to be glued
-Nail/screw a cleat to one side of the backer board
-Place the two pieces to be glued on the backer board with one piece’s edge against the cleat
-Place a narrow 1/2” piece of stock under the two pieces to be glued, elevating the edges
-Place another cleat on the opposite side, against the off edge of the second piece to be glued; nail/screw it in place
-Apply glue to edges
-Remove piece of stock elevating the middle of the panel
-Press the panel down flat and place some weight on the glue line (remember to use some wax paper to prevent the panel from being glued to the weight

Hope that my directions make some sense. If not, let me know where I lost you and I’ll see if I can do a better job. Wish I could find the article/tip with a picture but haven’t had any luck yet.

Good luck,

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#8 posted 09-11-2010 04:37 PM

The “blue tape” method will be the easiest and fastest….just remember to place the tape on the top side and press it down firmly. This will keep almost all of the squeeze-out to the back side and out of site. nothing worse then a finished piece not taking a finish properly because a little glue on the surface.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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