Avoiding Glue Squeeze-Out
Learn how to avoid glue squeeze-out in mortise-and-tenon joinery.
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When gluing together mortise and tenon joinery, keeping glue squeeze-out to a minimum can be a challenge. Glue that works its way out of a joint and dries on the surface of a piece of fine wood furniture can interfere with finish adhesion. While some woodworkers simply rely on wiping away any squeeze-out with a damp sponge and a dry cloth, this technique can leave invisible residue that can cause adherence issues with the final finish later on. Curtis Whittington, of Texas, chooses to do away with squeeze-out altogether with a super-simple tip that’s often overlooked.
By chamfering the outer edges of all his mortises, Whittington provides a tiny space for excess glue to pool in. It only adds a few minutes to the building process, yet saves a boat load of time when it comes to final surface preparation.
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