Gluing and Clamping

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  • Furniture Leg Repair – How to Fix a Broken Leg

    Once people know that you do woodworking, they probably ask you if you can fix broken furniture, like a furniture leg repair that recently came into George’s shop. While every repair is different, here are some tips that will help you the next time a repair comes into your shop. Them’s the breaks Your first…

  • Dovetail Drawer Assembly Clamping Blocks

    Half blind dovetailed drawers are great, but clamping the joints properly can be challenging. Using clamping blocks that apply pressure exactly where the dovetail pins and tails join is crucial. These simple-to-make clamping blocks do the trick. I’ll show you how to make a batch with just a few machine setups. Once you’re done you’ll…

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  • Making Strong Mitered Corners

    If you’ve used mitered corners on any of your woodworking projects, like a picture frame, you may have been concerned about getting enough glue strength in the joint. Here’s a dirt simple trick for making sure you get all the strength you need in your miter joints. What’s the problem? The problem with mitered corners…

  • Measuring Wood Glue Assembly Time

    Woodworking adhesives are not created equal, and because of this I use several different glues, based upon manufacturer’s guidance as well as my own assumptions and experience about how each glue performs in certain circumstances. There are a number of criteria that help me decide which glue bottle to reach for in a given situation,…

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  • 6 Tips for Cleaning Up Glue Squeeze-Out

    Whenever you clamp a woodworking project together, some glue is bound to squeeze out between the pieces. Tom Caspar shows you six ways to minimize the mess.

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  • Using Contact Adhesive

    Using Contact Adhesive

    Contact adhesive is the preferred adhesive for adhering plastic laminate to a substrate. But the way contact adhesive is used is different from most other adhesives. If you don’t apply it correctly, you won’t have good adhesion. Check out these contact adhesive tips to make sure that once your laminate gets stuck, it stays stuck.

  • Gluing A Face Frame to a Case

    How to Attach a Cabinet Face Frame to a Cabinet

    One challenge woodworkers face as they learn how to build cabinets is gluing the cabinet face frame to the case. A cabinet face frame is the wood fixed to the front of a cabinet case–sometimes called a carcase, which hides the edges of the case and provides the fixing point for doors and other external…

  • Using Clamps to Square a Cabinet

    How to Make Your Cabinet Square with Clamps

    As you learn how to build cabinets, one essential rule to remember is that all of the components have to align so that you make the cabinet square. If a cabinet assembly is out of square, doors and shelves won’t fit properly. After you’ve applied the glue and clamped the components, there’s no need to…

  • Gluing Wood using a Rub Joint

    Gluing Wood Using a Rub Joint

    When gluing wood together a rub joint can be used to ensure a strong joint when clamping is not an option. George Vondriska teaches you how to create a rub joint that you can use on your woodworking projects. By jointing the edges of both pieces, painting wood glue onto one edge and then applying…

  • Simple Stave Assembly

    Simple Stave Assembly

    George Vondriska takes you step-by-step through the glue up process of a stave assembly that will eventually be used for the outside of a wine bottle cooler. When constructing a stave you will find it is easier to break the process into smaller steps, using less pieces. Follow George as he uses masking tape and…