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Winter 2013-2014

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Glue Squeegee

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I stack-laminate boards to create turning blanks. Each blank contains numerous laminations, so I have to work fast during assembly. To spread glue quickly and evenly, I use a squeegee designed for silk-screening. You can buy one at an art supply store for about $7. (A regular window-cleaning squeegee from the hardware store would also work.) After squeezing glue onto the surface, I spread it with the squeegee. The amount of pressure I put on the squeegee determines how much glue remains on the surface—I like to leave an even, semi-transparent layer. It’s easy to transfer excess glue to a glue-starved area or to the next piece, and cleaning the plastic squeegee is a snap.