George Vondriska

Gluing Up Furniture Legs

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Need large legs for your next woodworking project? In all likelihood you’ll need to glue up furniture legs in order for them to be large enough. The problem with a glue up is that two of the faces will look great, and the two adjacent faces will not. At minimum you could have a striped look because of color and grain variation. Additionally, if you want quartersawn legs, you’ll end up with two quartersawn faces, and two plain sawn faces. This simple tip solves that problem, and provides a great low tech method for spreading glue uniformly.

Good Glue Ups

Many things are involved in getting good glue ups in your woodworking projects. The material must be prepped correctly, you need to use the right glue, and you need to correctly clamp the parts together. WoodWorkers Guild of America has lots of instructional videos that will help you learn how to glue and clamp wood together, including lots of approaches you can use to glue up furniture legs.

Furniture Making

Learning how to build furniture can be very rewarding. You can get high quality pieces of furniture for a fraction of the cost, while improving your skills for your next woodworking project. Be sure to check out everything WoodWorkers Guild of America offers on this topic.

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4 Responses to “Gluing Up Furniture Legs”

  1. Mike Watkins

    Excellent idea and one l will definitely use, I especially like the laminate idea which also adds strength. Just one small criticism though and that is the very wasteful use of glue in the clip! Great idea to use the threaded rod, another trick l will use, but while spreading the glue you took off a huge amount that was waste in a paper towel. Then to my amazement, you add more glue from the bottle, spread that and took more off which was wasted! If that was me the waste glue would have found its way back into the bottle. Great videos, keep up the good work.


    would would you taper the three piece laminated leg?

  3. markbdusted

    With those thin skins I would have expected to see the use of clamping cauls to spread out the clamping force ?

  4. ssayott

    What is the best way to make the thin veneer?

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