Gluing and Clamping

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  • Benefits of Parallel Jaw Clamps

    If you’re working wood, you’re probably clamping parts together. That means you need to have good quality clamps in your shop. It’s really hard to beat the benefits of parallel jaw clamps. Why parallel jaw clamps? I tell you what. The feature I like the best about parallel jaw clamps is that the jaws stay

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  • Tips for Clamping Miters with Increased Pressure

    Even veteran woodworkers can find it challenging to establish solid clamping pressure when gluing up mitered projects such as picture frames or mitered face frames. Clamping miters is tricky because if you use any traditional clamping approach, the clamping pressure that you apply will immediately force the miters to slide out of alignment. Therefore, if

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  • How To Clean Glue Squeeze-Out

    If you’re putting woodworking projects together, you’re going to get squeeze out. It’s nearly impossible to avoid. And, for the most part, you don’t want to avoid it. A little glue coming out of the joint provides some reassurance that you have enough glue IN the joint. The question is, what do you do with

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  • Tips for a Panel Glue Up

    Tips for a Panel Glue Up

    If you need wide, solid wood panels for your next project, you’re going to have to glue them up. Doing a good panel glue up isn’t hard, but there are specific steps you need to follow, and things you need to take care of, to make sure the panel glue up turns out well. A

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  • Quick Tip for Cleaning up Wood Glue Squeeze Out

    When you build a wood project, there’s a good chance that there will be some glue involved. And when there is glue, there is a high probability of seeing wood glue squeeze out. In fact, if you don’t have some amount of wood glue squeeze out, it is likely that you have not applied enough

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  • Tightening Loose Tenons

    If you’ve got a shop, it’s a certainty that people are going to ask you to do furniture repairs. It comes with the territory. The next time a piece comes into your shop that has round tenons, and they’re loose tenons, you’re going to want to try this repair. It provides an easy way to

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  • Adding Playing Cards to Cauls

    Clamping up large projects can impose challenges. For example, sometimes projects require assemblies that involve clamping across a wide span where it’s difficult to apply even clamping pressure to the middle portion of the joint. Consider a wide bench, where you are attaching the top to a wide base, and you do not have any

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  • Edge to Edge Glue Up: Locating Clamps

    Edge to Edge Glue Up: Locating Clamps

    Gluing together boards in an edge-to-edge arrangement to form one large panel is an important skill that most woodworkers want to master. This requires careful planning to ensure that the right number of boards is used, and that those boards are cut to the ideal width to maximize yield for the project. It also demands

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  • Tips for a Perfect Panel Glue Up

    When you need wide pieces for a project and don’t want to use sheet stock, man made material, you’ll be doing a panel glue up; gluing pieces edge to edge. There are a handful of things that need to happen to create a successful edge to edge glue up. A well constructed panel glue up

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  • How to Prevent Troublesome, Slippery Glue Joints

    Woodworkers use glue on nearly every project, and any woodworker who has applied clamping pressure to their joinery knows all about slippery glue joints. Just when you get everything aligned, and start to snug up the clamping pressure, the slippery glue joints start to float and all the care that you took getting everything dialed

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