Glue up table top planks in stages?

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jimmy J

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05-25-2014 02:09 PM

I have 7 planks to glue up for my table top. I have already dowled them. I’m not in any rush, so I was thinking of just gluing/clamping 2 boards together, letting dry, them adding one more, drying, repeat 5 more times.

Anything wrong with this? I have separately read that glue in the seems can get brittle. Each time I clamp up another board it will bet compressed. Any reason for me to be concerned?

Thank you.

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#1 posted 06-01-2014 11:00 PM

Two or more boards should glue up without too much trouble. For your second glue up why not go with two, one on each side of the previous glue-up? Why are you limiting yourself to just two at a time? I’m not sure why the glue would get brittle, maybe over a looonnnng time but not from glue up to glue up. What kid of glue will you be using?

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#2 posted 06-01-2014 11:25 PM

I did a 7 piece glue up in two sessions,first I glued three planks as one piece and four planks as another,once the two large pieces dried,I glued them together,the 4 plank piece was harder to glue up even though I had prepared for it by having the clamps ,the dowels,the cauls ready on the table .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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