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Forum topic by ToddTurner posted 10-02-2011 10:07 PM 1702 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2011 10:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: domino festool glue titebond finish finishing question

If you have Festool tools, arent they the greatest and best engineered things in the world? Im getting better with my Domino machine, but i have a question. Lets say we are joining a 6 inch wide end to a 6 inch wide frame, such as making a shelf. I would say to use 3 or 4 dominos. Heres my question, do i need to apply glue to the joint or can i apply glue to only the dominos? The reason i ask is i use Titebond iii like most of you and the excess, if it gets where it shouldnt be, it shows up when i apply the finish. Thanks fellow lumberjocks!

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#1 posted 10-03-2011 01:06 AM

I would defenitly apply glue to the joint and not ONLY the dominos. I wouldnt go overboard with it, because like you say you dont want it to bleed. But I would apply a very thin film just so you get the bond.

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#2 posted 10-03-2011 01:50 AM

I always apply glue to the dominos and the recess they fit into, but not always the other areas, depending on the size of the pieces and the application.

On the example you mention, I may only use two dominos, and as already advised, it would not hurt to put glue on all the contacting surfaces.

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#3 posted 10-03-2011 02:11 AM

I don’t domino, but I do glue. You can run a little chamfer around the
mouth of the mortises which gives the excess some place to go – I
do this if I want a real clean glue up and I haven’t opted to finish before
assembly (which is another option which reduces glue squeeze out as
a problem). Applying glue is a bit of an art because wood porosity
varies, as does joint tightness, glue viscosity and so on. Most guys
probably use too much, but too little is bad too. I put glue on both
surfaces of a well-cut joint, but not a lot usually.

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#4 posted 10-03-2011 06:57 PM

I use a wet sponge to clean the joints and it seams to do a good job removing all of the excess glue that squeezes out.

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