Gluing Up Tabletops
Strategies for milling, matching, gluing, and clamping large panels
Making large-panel tabletops doesn’t have to be intimidating. Gary Rogowski explains all the steps needed to mill, match, glue up, and properly clamp your work. The skills involved can then benefit you in other projects, such as constructing carcases or frame-and-panel work. He explains how to lay out the stock to help prevent problems later, and shows how to mill pieces by hand for those without a jointer. Rogowski also shares tricks like leveling your workbench precisely to ensure a professional result.
From Fine Woodworking #166
For many woodworkers, the thought of making a large tabletop can be intimidating. After all, a tabletop is big and heavy—two good reasons for an elevated fear factor. Plus, it’s nearly impossible to find individual boards wide enough to make such a big part. To create a wide surface, several narrow boards must be butted edge to edge and glued together. And that…