Tips For Square Glue-Ups
Follow these basic steps for flawless results
Synopsis: There’s no need for your glue-ups to be frantic and desperate; that’s what leads to open joints and out-of-square assemblies. Simply follow these basic steps before you glue up and your cases will be square. First, make sure all the components are sized correctly and all surfaces are flat. Then, make sure you have the proper clamping blocks and cauls, sized and configured to direct and distribute clamp pressure where you need it. Now, do a complete dry-fit before you glue. Something wrong? Learn how to correct it. Follow the tips in this Fundamentals, and your glue-ups will be less stressful, your joinery more professional.
From Fine Woodworking #226
The absolute worst time to try to solve a problem is when the glue is starting to tack. I watch my students scurry like mice in a maze, tracking down extra clamps to pull together a joint that just…