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Forum topic by opalko posted 08-04-2011 05:07 PM 1330 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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opalko

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08-04-2011 05:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip gluing glue legs

I’m making some legs for a table that will be turned on a lathe. I don’t have access to thick stock so I’m having to glue up 4 pieces to make a single piece that is the correct thickness. I am running into “slipping and sliding” when I get more than 2 of them with glue on them and it gets tough to squeeze all of the gaps out of each adjacent pair…

Any tips on gluing up leg blanks here or tutorials? I’m finding it more difficult that just gluing up an edge joined panel, like for a table-top.

Thanks,
Robert


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#1 posted 08-04-2011 05:35 PM

Sounds to me like you need more hands, a typical scenario with woodworking! Anyway, you may try to build yourself a jig to hold the pieces in while you then clamp them in both directions. Maybe something as basic as a small framework with posts standing up (like a table with it’s legs pointed up) that would be sized to hold them straight and in position? Need to use something like wax paper to keep the legs from gluing to the jig… I hope someone else has a better idea, good luck.

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#2 posted 08-05-2011 08:57 AM

You could also try gluing up in stages – board 1 + board 2, then board 3 + board 4, then (1&2) + (3&4)...

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#3 posted 08-05-2011 09:42 AM

IF YOU HAVE A PIN NIALER, SHOOT SOME ON THE ENDS OF THE BOARDS SO THEY STICK OUT JUST A HAIR OR CUT THE ECCESS OFF . WHEN YOU CLAMP THEM TOGETHER THE REMAINDER OF THE HEAD OF THE PIN WILL STICK INTO THE OTHER BOARD. PUT YOUR CLAMPS ON TOP AND BOTTOM . IF NEEDED , TAKE A RUBBER MALLET TO SMACK THEM INTO PLACE.

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