|Forum topic by GerardW||posted 189 days ago||381 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
189 days ago
Hello! This is my first post on lumberjocks and I’m excited to be a new member. I’m an amateur woodworker with a garage shop in Bowie MD, so some of my parlance may not be quite as sophisticated or precise, and I hope you can forgive that!
I am building a hardwood coffee table for a friend, and have a clamping question. The table top is edge glued walnut, 60” long by 20” wide. I’m going to be doing a hard maple trim 1” thick around the outside of the table top with mitered corners, and I’m finding myself stuck on how best to glue it.
I have a biscuit joiner, which I think would help with alignment, but I’m trying to figure out how to clamp it (especially along the 60” dimension) to apply even pressure that doesn’t cant the trim (angling it inwards or outwards), and also allow the mitered corners to connect solidly. I have pipe clamps that I can use a coupler to bring up to the 60” I need, but the rest of my clamps are short.
If I screw a straight piece of hardwood onto my workbench, then use a spreader against the opposite side of the piece, would I get enough pressure? Trying to think creative because I need to keep my costs down, and can’t really afford to buy spring miter clamps or other super long bar clamps and such.
-- Gerard in Bowie MD