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Forum topic by sphayden posted 06-30-2014 12:48 AM 1086 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2014 12:48 AM

I’m just about ready to glue-up this cherry Gamble House bed I am making. Since I have been working on it so long, the glue-up is terrifying. The Fine Woodworking article recommends Tite-Bond Extend. It has about 15 minutes working time, so I am practicing the assembly to make that. I considered epoxy, I’m concerned it would stain the wood from the squeeze out.

Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 06-30-2014 01:09 AM

Any way to do the glue up in stages? I feel like that reduces the stress level even if it does take longer. Great headboard, btw.

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#2 posted 06-30-2014 01:11 AM

If you believe the Titebond Extend will not work for you then you may want to consider Titebond Liquid Hide Glue. Assembly time is 20 to 30 minutes. Here’s a link that provides additional info.

Others may post their opinions as well so consider them all

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#3 posted 06-30-2014 01:13 AM

Maybe I am missing something, but it doesn’t look too difficult to me. It needs to be done in 2 subassemblies, then put it all together.
1. Glue the spindles/slats and panel (not glued, just floating) into the top and middle rail. I would set all the verticals into the middle rail, then work the top rail onto all the verticals. Start at one end and lower the top rail onto the tenons one at a time.
2. Drop the lower panel and bottom rail into place without any glue.
3. Glue the above into the stiles and clamp.

By the way, that is one great looking piece. You should be very proud of your work.

-- Art

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#4 posted 06-30-2014 04:33 AM

Indeed! That is a beautiful piece of work. I agree with Art above about doing it in stages.

The advice I would add to what Art said is to spend some time making a jig that will force correct alignment. Whenever I’ve got a complex project, I spend a fair amount of time making jigs so that the assembly goes smoothly.

Hope that helps!

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#5 posted 07-01-2014 01:32 AM

Thanks for the ideas. I think I see a way to do it now. I thought I would have to glue it all at once because there was a lot of tweaking to get all the joints tight and everything is only in it’s final position when it is all glued up. But wait a minute, I can clamp it all up but just leave out the glue on part of it. It probably doesn’t matter whether I do the top then the bottom, or the bottom then the top.

I’m all set for the panels. They are 1/2” solid cherry and I have some spaceballs to put all around.

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