|Forum topic by harum||posted 11-26-2013 07:14 PM||2348 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
11-26-2013 07:14 PM
Hello! I would like to build a hardwood table top, 26”-by-40”, by edge-joining several boards, which I had never done before. Namely, I would like to do a plain butt glue joint or edge glue joint. Having done some reading on joinery, I am not so sure if I can make a reasonably seamless, lasting DIY table surface: even boards of the same wood species can fail in edge-joining due to cupping, uneven shrinking, glue “creeping”, etc.; and I would like to use two different species in the same surface.
What are the dos and dont’s in edge joint gluing for getting a flat, smooth and durable surface?
Here are six factors I can come up with that are important for preventing edge joint glue-up failure. I am sure that the first one is a must, but how important are the other?
1. surfaces should be square and true;
Any comment or reference to a book chapter covering these questions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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