Gluing and Clamping

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  • George and Jimmy’s Glue Tips

    Jimmy DiResta was in George’s shop recently, so the two of them got together to talk about glue tips. Like choosing the right tool, it’s important to choose the right glue, as well as the right techniques for applying the glue. Filling voids CA (cyanoacrylate) glue is great for filling voids. Mix it with sawdust…

  • Easy Pocket Hole Joint Assembly

    After you’ve drilled pocket holes in your project, it’s time to assemble the joints. There are a bunch of things you can do to guarantee success with your assembly. Pick the right screws It’s very important that you choose the right screw to assemble pocket hole joints. There are lots of different screws you can…

  • Lever clamps

    You Should Know About Lever Clamps

    You may have a boat load of clamps in your shop that have screw threads. As you spin a handle the threads turn and tighten or loosen the clamp. Lever clamps are completely different. They have more of a gear/ratchet/cam system. As you move the lever an offset cam puts pressure on the clamp head,…

  • Titebond glue jug

    Saving Money on Glue

    Woodworkers are a notoriously thrifty bunch, and we commonly look for ways to save money on our equipment, supplies, shop space, materials and anything else that contributes to the cost of our woodworking hobby or business. One thing that we use in nearly every project is glue. While glue isn’t a big sticker item, when…

  • Woodworking tools

    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 your…

  • Bottles of Titebond

    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.…

  • Titebond bottles

    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.…

  • Wooden board clamps

    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…

  • Cracked piece of wood

    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…

  • Wooden cutout of a dog

    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…