Gluing and Clamping

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  • Using Cauls and Playing Cards for Even Clamp Pressure

    Using Cauls and Playing Cards for Even Clamp Pressure

    George Vondriska teaches you a neat little trick for creating tighter biscuit joints on your shelving. After filling them with glue and inserting the biscuits into their slots, he places two playing cards between the case side of the shelf and a wooden caul to ensure adequate pressure in the right places. This will allow…

  • Add a Curved Accent Stripe to Your Woodworking Project

    Add a Curved Accent Stripe to Your Woodworking Project

    George Vondriska teaches you how to add a touch of class to the handle of an ice cream paddle or any other lathe-turned kitchen utensil with a curved accent stripe. He cuts a blank of rosewood into two parts on the bandsaw with a gradual curved line, and then demonstrates the proper way to clean…

  • How to Remove Glue Squeeze-Out

    How to Remove Glue Squeeze-Out

    Dave Munkittrick teaches you a simple woodworking technique how to remove glue squeeze-out from your projects. He prefers to rub down the joint with a wet sponge and then dry it off with a rag, which will nicely clean up the excess without harming the bond.

  • Magnetic Clamp Pads

    Magnetic Clamp Pads

    Dave Munkittrick teaches you how to protect the wood that you are clamping from being scarred by the sharp metal of woodworking clamps. He likes to create magnetic clamp pads for wood from bass wood that you can easily stick on and pull off of clamps to keep your projects from being flawed with dents…

  • Using Clamping Cauls

    Using Clamping Cauls

    Dave Munkittrick talks about why he likes to use refashioned 2x4s as clamping cauls for his woodworking projects. With a pair of cauls, you can apply pressure evenly across whatever wooden surface you are clamping, including edge banding, and avoid ending up with marks or dents in either side of your piece.

  • Applying Thin Edge Banding

    Applying Thin Edge Banding

    Dave Munkittrick teaches you a quick woodworking technique for applying thin plywood edge banding to a piece of hardwood that will be used as shelving for a faceless cabinet. All you’ll need is a thin line of glue, a few evenly spaced micro-pins and a pair of clamps with cauls to achieve uniform pressure.

  • Repairing a Finger Board on a Violin

    Repairing a Finger Board on a Violin

    George Vondriska demonstrates a simple way to repair a broken violin finger board using Liquid Hide Glue from Titebond. After you clean off the original glue from both the fingerboard and the neck, you can use an even coat of the hide glue and a few clamps to bond the pieces back together. Liquid Hide…

  • Using Wooden Wedges to Clamp Edge Banding

    Using Wooden Wedges to Clamp Edge Banding

    You may have found that using clamps to apply pressure to a piece with glued-on edge banding can prevent the surfaces from sticking uniformly. George Vondriska teaches you how to utilize clamps and wooden wedges to help hold the edge banding securely against your woodworking project while the glue dries.

  • Glue Tips: Using Denatured Alcohol for a Strong Bond

    Glue Tips: Using Denatured Alcohol for a Strong Bond

    Today in the workshop, George Vondriska discusses the benefit of wiping down a piece of tropical wood with alcohol before applying glue. Tropical woods like rosewood have naturally occurring oils that can cause joints to loosen over time, by using this glue tip to clean the surface of the wood with denatured alcohol just before…

  • How to Install Corner Blocks

    How to Install Corner Blocks

    Your dining room chairs will most likely go through a good bit of wear and tear over their lifetime, so you should make sure that you’ve reinforced their structural components. George Vondriska demonstrates the simple process for how to install corner blocks on your wooden chairs using a HiPURformer Advanced Bonding System hot glue gun…