Custom Knife Blocks #3: Lots of glue-ups

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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 11-06-2011 05:31 PM 1414 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: The Sides Part 3 of Custom Knife Blocks series Part 4: So many inlays!!! »

One of the biggest challenges of making 25 of anything is being consistent with all of the measurements and finding ways to do glue-ups efficiently. The sides of the blocks all have to be the same size on the top dimension so when the fronts are attached everything matches up. I found out that while doing the jointing on the angled pieces of the sides, the tips of the pieces would bow slightly which meant that a little work was necessary to get all 5 pieces to fit properly.

A few passes past the drum sander is enough to straighten out the tip for a good tight fit.

Because each block consists of 2 bookmatched sides I made a jig for the glue-up that allowed gluing both sides at the same time.

Just a matter now of applying glue to the edges of the pieces , arranging in the proper order and clamping up.

Using this process I was able to get 4 sets of sides glued up per day while sanding sets waiting for glue to cure.
Next step is doing the inlays—stay tuned

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 11-17-2011 05:25 AM

Very impressive!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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