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Forum topic by Andy Brownell posted 07-08-2009 02:49 AM 1063 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Andy Brownell

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07-08-2009 02:49 AM

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High Intensity Glue-Up Events!

I recently assembled a large bookcase together with dovetails all around on a 14”wide case. This was the largest glue up to date, and found that the biggest challenge was dealing with the clamps once all of the surfaces were prepared for fitting. It all worked out, but not without a little down-to-the-wire stress in getting the case all squared up properly before everything set. I know the photo below looks a little distorted, trust me the case was dead straight, although it looks a little curved. ;)

Any pointers from folks out there on how you plan around big glue events such as this? Clamping, glue application techniques, clamp blocks, etc are all fair game to me.


-- Andy Brownell

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#1 posted 07-08-2009 02:56 AM

Hey Andy
There a number of things you can do such as do a dry fit to understand how your going to proceed with the glue up this includes having all the clamps set and close at hand. You can use a glue that is slower setting than yellow glue as an example white glue dry’s about 25% slower than yellow or use resin glue this can take several hours but it’s a strong tough glue great for laminating. You can choose a cooler part of the day to glue up. You can glue up in steps.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 07-13-2009 03:22 AM

I will second what A1jim and Cessna said, but I also found that once I dry fit and squared, I took my square and drew a reference line across both boards at each corner. Sounds simple and it is, but when the glue is applied and your clamps are put on, all you have to do is match up the pencil lines once again and it takes very little time and all the stress goes out of acheiving square before the glue goes off.

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#3 posted 07-13-2009 03:45 AM

Sounds like a good tip, Cato. You Greek philosophers really do know your stuff. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-13-2009 04:05 AM

Andy Brownell,
The LJs’ above have pretty much covered it as far as I’m aware. I do use one aide that wasn’t mentioned, when glueing up square carcases. It’s simply some cornering blocks that are triangular in shape and fit in each corner,they are clamped in place from the outside in order to stabilize and align the carcase. Iwish I could be of more descriptve help in explaining thier use but they are very simple and quick to make and hang on the wall next to my clamps expressly for this type glue up. If you’d like additional info on thier construction, let me know and I’ll try to get a picture for you.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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