Hi all. Longtime listener first time caller. Yesterday, I glued up my first table project–a Hepplewhite-style end table (tapered legs, square top, single drawer). I was pretty excited about it, since I’d cut pretty much all the joints by hand, and while they’re not perfect, they’re pretty good, and it went together OK.
Anyway, I glued it up in two stages (using yellow wood glue). First I did the front two legs and the back two legs (with this rails and stretchers, of course), taking some pains to make sure they’d be square. Then, after they’d stabilized a bit, but before they were 100% set (about 45 minutes), I proceeded to glue up the rest (the remaining stretchers connecting front and back).
Somewhere in the process of the full glue up, things got out of square. I’m not sure where, exactly, as it was square as near as I could tell (using a square) when I walked out of the shop. When I returned a few hours later, I found that what I’d glued up was not square, but was, in fact, a parallelogram. It’s about 3/16 off over 17 inches, which is enough to create a real problem with a drawer (which I haven’t built yet), because one side of the drawer is going to want to stick out when the drawer’s pushed in.
So here’s the real question: is there a way to undo my disastrous gluing job? Can I steam the whole works apart or something? Or am I stuck having to figure angles and make the drawer into a matching parallelogram so that it sits straight in the opening. I could make the drawer a little undersized, but I’m worried that the front will tend to sit more to one side or another in it’s opening.
Can a glue up with yellow wood glue be undone?