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Marcus

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527 days ago

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.


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 527 days ago

Yup. Done that. Mine didn’t crush down that well.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 526 days ago

Im kind of scared mine did. They were the last of a batch of dewalt brand I got at Lowes. I wasnt a huge fan of them, they all seemed just a tiny bit oversized.

Im debating on cutting and regluing the joint, but at this point, will probably just let it be. There will be no stress on the joint, and there will be other glued up joints holding it in place, so I dont think it will split.

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Shawn Masterson

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#3 posted 526 days ago

And this is where I slapped my forehead with my palm

at least you didn’t have glue on your hand, that would have been my luck

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AandCstyle

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#4 posted 526 days ago

Thanks for the smile. :)

-- Art

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#5 posted 526 days ago

That’s unfortunate. I never make mistakes. ;-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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bullhead1

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#6 posted 526 days ago

Have you had good luck butt joining wood. I don’t have a biscuit cutter but do have a Jessem dowel jig and thought of trying it.

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#7 posted 526 days ago

Hey bullhead, I have not had any problems with butt joints. I have the jessem dowel jig as well (just got it), and I’ve used it also. The biscuit cutter is much quicker and I didn’t have a need for the precision the jig. I think you’ll be fine with Any method as long as you prep the surfaces and use the proper glue techniques.

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Howie

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#8 posted 526 days ago

I thought I was the only guy that went out to the shop at 2 in the morning.
I’ve done similar things. I use a router with an Incra LS for a jointer(offset one fence) forgot to line the fences parralell and tried to use a roundover bit….......duh!

-- Life is good.

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Marcus

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#9 posted 526 days ago

Heh, edge jointing w/ a roundover bit is striking me as way too funny this morning.

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pmd73

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#10 posted 525 days ago

I have to ask a stupid question.Explain the using water on the wood and then the gorilla glue.Is this something that should be done on all wood you glue,certain types,or certain glues.

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Marcus

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#11 posted 525 days ago

the water is just needed for polyurethane glues, it it required for the glue to cure at full strength.

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