|Forum topic by Marcus||posted 02-10-2013 05:15 PM||1294 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
02-10-2013 05:15 PM
I woke up around 2am this morning and couldnt get back to sleep, so thought I might as well take advantage of the extra hours and headed down to the shop. I had some 2” stock that I needed to butt joint end grain, so I decided to get out the gorilla glue and use my biscuit cutter to keep everything aligned. So I cut all the slots, put a good deal of water on the edges because the end grain just sucked it all up, and slopped on some gorilla glue. I decided to give the biscuits a spritz of water and a little glue themselves. Everything is going good, got the boards lined up and started clamping.
I got within about 1/8” of closing the joint and it got ridiculously tough to keep clamping. I was thinking that the biscuits must have swollen up from the water/glue applications, so just kept twisting down on my bessey clamps and I FINALLY got the joint nice and tight.
I moved onto the next board, this time I decided not to put anything on the biscuits. Same thing, started tightening down and it just got two tight. I knew something was up and thats when I realized that I last used my biscuit cutter w/ #10 biscuits…and I was using #20 for this glue up! And this is where I slapped my forehead with my palm. I recut my slots and everything lines up perfect. Ever have one of those mornings?
On a side note, I suppose I should write a review of the bessey revo clamps. They were able to smash a #20 biscuit into a #10 hole without skipping a beat.