Simplify your tabletop glue-ups
Glue-ups frighten me. No matter how well a dry run goes, things happen as soon as I open the glue bottle.
That’s why I try to simplify any type of glue-up. If it’s a case piece, I assemble small sections at a time to reduce the number of parts I have to wrestle with once the glue is flowing. Working in sections like that makes it easier to glue-up the final piece.
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I apply the same idea to tabletops. Instead of fighting to keep four or more boards aligned, I break it down into smaller sections, which reduces stress and ultimately slows the rate at which I’m losing my hair.
I flatten and plane the smaller sections once the glue dries. By doing that, I don’t have to work as hard to flatten the entire top after it’s assembled. Here’s the process.
Glue up two boards at a time.
Work hard at keeping the pieces flush with one another.
Flatten each section.
To avoid nicking blades, scrape away any leftover, hardened glue before running the pieces over your jointer.
Plane to thickness.
Be sure to plane all of the pieces that will make up the tabletop to ensure that everything remains the same thickness.
Put it all together.
Instead of aligning four wet joints while fumbling with the clamps and cauls, I can focus on just two. Alignment is a snap, and I’m less rushed during the job.