Gluing and Clamping

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  • All About Clamps

    I’ve seen woodworkers struggle with projects simply because they’re using the wrong clamp for the task at hand. Here’s a look at some common clamps and how they’ll fit into your shop. Parallel jaw Parallel jaw clamps are an excellent choice for edge to edge glue ups. The no mar jaws don’t require pads, and…

  • 2021 Product Showcase: Titebond Glue

    Titebond makes a HUGE array of glue. This comprehensive coverage of the glues available from Titebond will help you make the right choice. Strength of glue Before jumping into the different types of glue it’s important to understand that all of these glues will more than satisfy the strength requirements you have for your projects.…

  • 2020 Product Showcase: Titebond Speed Set

    Just when you think, “What could possibly be new in the glue world?” Titebond introduces Speed Set to the woodworking market. It has a significantly faster clamp time. Meaning, you can safely remove the clamps from your work much sooner than with other glues. Clamp time Recommended clamp time for most glues is 30-60 minutes.…

  • Testing the New Bessey Track Clamps

    Bessey has developed a new set of clamps that are designed to work with the tracks (also called rails) that guide track saws. The EZR-SET clamps (two per set) slip into the bottom of the track and allow you to easily secure the track to your work. According to the company, the Bessey Track Clamps…

  • Repairing a Cracked Table Leaf

    A friend of mine owns a very old dining room table. It belonged to her parents and is an heirloom that she’s very proud of. Unfortunately, some of the table leaves have developed cracks over time. They’re not huge cracks but are still unsightly. I wanted to help her save the table. What NOT to…

  • Double-Face Tape Substitute

    Double-face tape has many applications in a woodworking shop. It can be used to hold pieces together for tracing or cutting and is durable enough to hold up to machining operations. As such a versatile product, it becomes essential to have in the shop. but what if you find yourself in need of a strip…

  • Ask WWGOA: How Much Time Do I Have After Spreading Adhesive?

    I’m building a jewelry box for my girlfriend for Christmas. I’m looking to flock the inside the drawers, and the inside top half, where necklaces will hang. I’m curious how much setup time I have for the adhesive, if I can spread the adhesive and lay the flocking all at once or if I should do it in sections?

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  • Great Uses for Trigger Clamps

    It might be a cliche, but it’s true, you can never have enough clamps. And it’s also true that you need to have the right clamp for the job you’re doing. Bessey’s Trigger Clamps provide lots of “oomph” when you give them a squeeze, and are very versatile, making them a great addition to anyone’s…

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    Gluing Up Panels

    Gluing up panels is a must-have skill in woodworking. From tabletops to raised panels, there are plenty of times you’ll need to glue boards edge to edge. Here’s the recipe for making that happen in your shop. 1. Rough Cut to Length As you crosscut material for the panel leave it 1” – 2” longer…

  • Gluing Up a Hollow Column

    Gluing up a column, or any multi-sided object, can be a challenge. Getting uniform clamping pressure isn’t easy, unless you use just the right clamp. The key to good (and easy) clamping on multi-sided objects is using a strap clamp. Strap clamps allow you to completely wrap the object, getting perfectly uniform pressure from every…