Waxed Paper Keeps Glue Off Clamps

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Forum topic by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 05-21-2012 11:06 PM 1930 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2012 11:06 PM

I know that the issue of glue on clamps has been discussed on here many times.

I know that I have learned much from posts about things folks have learned and then told us about it.

A lot of these were extremely important when I was really new to woodworking.

After a while I think some of us begin to take for granted things we know and how to perform certain tasks/skills.

So, in the interest of maybe helping someone else like I have been helped so many times by you guys, here are a few photos of how I use wax paper to glue-up a cutting board.

I space the clamps where I want them.

I get my cauls and other clamps ready.

I get my glue and water/rag/brushes ready

I spread one sheet of waxed paper over the pipe clamps. The paper is usually not wide enough for the entire cutting board, so I put on the paper and then lay a 6”x 24” piece of scrap hardwood (for weight) on top of the paper………. Leaving room to lay on the clamps the first 3 pieces of the glue-up.

Continue laying the pieces for the glue-up until you reach the end of the first sheet of waxed paper, then lay down another sheet over the pipe clamps and hold it down with another smaller board.

Once you have glue-up pieces on the second sheet of waxed paper, then remove your hold-down board and just finish putting together the glue-up.

You can see how I use another piece of paper

on top when I clamp the middle.

This is certainly not a high-tech high-skill process, but I struggled with this when I was a newbie, and just wanted to pass along what little I could to anyone that might find this info useful.


-- We must all walk our own green mile

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#1 posted 05-21-2012 11:43 PM

Good tip.
Packing tape works well too.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 05-22-2012 01:49 AM

I use cauls and a gluing board and I still can’t get stuff properly aligned. I end up wasting a lot of wood in the planer and the drum sander. Maybe someday I will learn…....

-- Art

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#3 posted 05-22-2012 02:01 AM

Yep, works great.(when I remember to use the waxed paper!). It usually occurs to me AFTER I get all the clamps tightened up. I have learned that a heat gun is a big help when removing rock hard dried glue from my expensive parallel jaw bar clamps. LOL (and crying some too)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 05-22-2012 02:08 AM

I’ve used waxed paper for years and highly recommend it.

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