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So I’m working on this little clock from a plan in a magazine.

It has a 1/2” sub-base and sub-top which would attach the bottom and top.

In the plan, it calls for for countersunk holes to do the attaching.

So, I did that, and drove the screws. Right through the top. Nice.

So then I’m thinking, “Were screws really needed here? Wouldn’t glue be plenty? I’m looking at about 15 square inches of glue area! Why bother with setting up the holes, countersinking them, pilot-holing the attaching piece and then turning screws in a difficult spot?”

Jeez, couldn’t I just have glued the darn thing, and saved A LOT of time?!

What do you guys think?!

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 2112 days ago

If you can keep the pieces from sliding out of position during glue up I would think glue alone would suffice.

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#2 posted 2112 days ago

Cut “keeper blocks” from scrap, clamp them to keep everything where you want it, and use glue only. I make lots of clocks and this is the way to go if it works for your design. Many times magazines will suggest these types of connections to ensure a successful completion and no complaints.

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#3 posted 2109 days ago

I am in agreement with the glue-only approach. The only thing to watch out for is cross-grain glueing, but for smaller projects that should ne minimal.


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#4 posted 2109 days ago

A lot of times I will glue a piece and then use a couple of screws for clamping. But then again my old Scottish Grandfather used to wear suspenders AND a belt.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#5 posted 2109 days ago

DaveR…I was just visualizing what you are describing there…that is a great idea! You get the benefit of having small nails for alignment but nothing shows. I need to remember that one!

(Sorry, Pashley, I can’t be of assistance on the original question…no experience there.)

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#6 posted 2109 days ago


I’ve seen this little tool somewhere, for just this type of thing. It’s basically a very small V-shaped gouge. You gouge the piece of wood a little, lift up a “flap” of wood, drive your brad, nail, pin, etc, sink it, and then put that wood flap back down, with a drop of glue, and there you are!

-- Have a blessed day!

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#7 posted 2109 days ago

Depending on the glue, I think the glue will do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 2109 days ago

Ok, gotcha, yeah, that makes sense.

-- Have a blessed day!

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