Great Glue-Ups, Guaranteed
The secret is cauls, and lots of them
Synopsis: Glue up panels, edging, joinery, and casework with maximum success and a minimum of stress. Michael Fortune’s formula for successful glue-ups starts with remembering that glue is a slippery film. Once it is applied and clamps are tightened, everything wants to slide. Your mission is to keep that from happening, and the way you do it is with the right combination of cauls and clamping force. Learn this pro’s secrets to great glue-ups, every time.
When assembling furniture parts, there is one rule I always remember: glue is a slippery film. once it is applied and clamps are tightened, everything wants to slide. restraining those parts—holding them in perfect position—is just one reason that I use clamping cauls. Cauls are simply extra pieces of wood, usually wrapped with tape or coated with wax to resist glue, held in place with additional clamps.
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