The Essential Tool Chest
A Woodturner's Guide to Chucks and Jaws
Biscuit Joiner Tips and Tricks
Speed Up Handplane Honing with Your Ruler
Customize Your Router for Centered Mortises
Drawbore Your Mortise-and-Tenon Joinery
Smoothing Plane Tips and Techniques
Simple Tape Trick for Tight Fitting Through-Mortises
Workbench Tool Storage Solutions
Mounting Knife Hinges in Curved Doors
Hinge Mortises on the Tablesaw
The Coolest Cutting Board Ever?
Bevel-Up Jack Planes are a Workshop Workhorse
Capture More Dust from Your Router Table
How to Sharpen Hollow Chisel Mortising Bits
Simplify your tabletop glue-upscomments (14) September 28th, 2011 in blogs
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.
More Great Glue-Up Tips
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.
posted in: blogs, how to, glue-up, clamping, tables, tabletops, Cauls
Save up to 51% on Fine Woodworking
Become a Better Woodworker
Gain new insights on how to build the perfect workshop from the pros at Fine Woodworking magazine. ShopTalk aims to cover everything from workshop layout and design, to shop tips, tricks, and techniques.