Assembly and Glue Up

The assembly and glue-up phase is a critical step of any woodworking project. To ensure the quality and integrity of the finished piece, you should take a number of factors into account: The Basics: • Dry-fit first: Avoid nightmares by first assembling
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  • Strong, No Clamp-Up Corner JointsStrong, No Clamp-Up Corner Joints

    by Steve Latta

    Steve Latta calls this tablesaw technique the key to making perfect miters without tilting the blade. He rips and crosscuts all stock to finished dimensions, with ...

  • Strategies for ClampingStrategies for Clamping

    by Jim Tolpin

    Jim Tolpin learned the hard way -- in the middle of making a spiral staircase with two laminations – that it’s important to have all the necessary materials on ...

  • Clamping Panels the Easy WayClamping Panels the Easy Way

    by Jim Tolpin

    Jim Tolpin built a vertical press to hold large pieces during clamp-up to free his bench and prevent racking in the piece while it cures. The press is made from ...

  • Forming Curves from Layers of BlocksForming Curves from Layers of Blocks

    by Kirt Kirkpatrick

    Kirt Kirkpatrick glues together segments of wood like a mortared wall for strong, stable curves. The method is called bricklaying, and it can be a full circle, ...

  • Dovetailing Large CarcasesDovetailing Large Carcases

    by Charles Durham, Jr.

    Accurately fitted and squared dovetail corners are crucial to the success of large projects. Here, Charles Durham Jr. details the problems that beset furniture ...

  • Just Plain DrawersJust Plain Drawers

    by John Lively

    John Lively of Fine Woodworking prefers the strength and durability of dovetails when he makes utility drawers, without spending the time it takes to do them by ...

  • Clamping with WedgesClamping with Wedges

    by Percy W. Blandford

    Percy W. Blandford learned how to apply wedge-clamping techniques to all his woodworking, a cheaper and sometimes simpler solution than using metal clamps. Here, ...

  • Edge Gluing BoardsEdge Gluing Boards

    by Christian Becksvoort

    Christian Becksvoort has his rough-sawn lumber milled on two sides to 7/8 in., so that most of the faces will be planed. The result, after handplaning and sanding, ...

  • Gluing UpGluing Up

    by Ian J. Kirby

    Gluing up is an irreversible, one-shot deal. Ian J. Kirby says that to get the best results, you should have a table especially prepared for this purpose, its surface ...

  • The Dowel JointThe Dowel Joint

    by R. Bruce Hoadley

    If good dowel joints aren’t the oldest joints ever made, loose ones must be, writes R. Bruce Hoadley. He studied dowel joints to find out why they fail and to discover ...

  • Bending Compound CurvesBending Compound Curves

    by Jere Osgood

    Jere Osgood says the key to the compound-staved lamination system is realizing that flat layers of wood can be bent to one radius at one edge, and to a different ...

  • Notes on FinishingNotes on Finishing

    by Ian J. Kirby

    Finishing seems to create as many problems at the end of a job as bad preparation of wood creates at the start, writes Ian Kirby. In this article, he makes a few ...

  • Triangle MarkingTriangle Marking

    by Adrian C. Van Draanen

    Textbooks ignore marking, writes Adrian C. van Draanen, and in this article, he explains the triangle system of marking your stock so you know, from stage to stage, ...

  • Bent LaminationsBent Laminations

    by Jere Osgood

    In this, the first in a series of articles about bent lamination, Jere Osgood focuses on basics, such as how laminations differ from veneers. Lamination is an economical ...

  • 3 Steps to Great Glue-Ups: Dovetail JointsVideo: 3 Steps to Great Glue-Ups: Dovetail Joints

    with Ed Pirnik

    There's no doubt about it, the glue-up phase of any woodworking project is often a stressful situation which, without proper preparation, can lead to disaster. ...

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