Make it Stick: A Guide to Glue Upscomments (27) March 8th, 2010 in blogs
Complicated glue ups really are a sticky business. Multiple pieces need to have their fits checked and re-checked before the big moment, and when glue hits wood, it's easy to turn beautiful joinery into one big mess. It's not just about applying too much or too little either. When it comes to glue ups, knowing where and how to apply adhesive is just as important. Different joinery techniques require different approaches.
Glue ups should never be considered an afterthought--the easy part that comes after the skillful execution of complex joinery. Assembly requires a concrete game plan, an understanding of wood movement, and the experience to understand where glue should be applied and how much is really necessary.
And what about the age-old question of whether to apply glue to both mating surfaces, or just one? Over at Fine Woodworking's online forum, Knots, folks have been busy dissecting that very topic, with some interesting, insightful, and very useful responses. So where do you stand? Take our poll and read on for a variety of glue up tips and techniques.
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