|Forum topic by jasoncarpentry||posted 05-25-2012 02:11 AM||747 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
05-25-2012 02:11 AM
I need to glue two 3’ pieces of half-round cherry to the front of a mantelpiece. The way the fireplace is built, regular clamps are out of the question. As I see it, I have three options:
1. Contact cement (which, quite frankly, scares me, plus I’m afraid of the squeeze-out of organics onto the cherry);
2. Regular wood glue, with two of us just pushing on it for at least 30 minutes; or
3. Same as #2, but make a simple triangular “sled” out of 2×4’s, with a vertical 2×4 directly in front of the piece to be glued. Have two people stand (or sit) on the sled, and use 2-3 Irwin clamps to apply pressure on the half-round pieces. The clamps would, of course, be reversed to act as spreaders.
Has anybody ever tried #3? Am I making any sense? I say two people because I weight only 140 lb., and I think I’d need more hold-down weight than that. But now that I think of it, I could put rubber (or some other high-friction material) on the bottom of the sled to keep it in place.
I invite your feedback!
-- Jim in Tennessee