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Q & A: Rub-Joint Gluing

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Q & A: Rub-Joint Gluing

 

Q:

My panel glue ups drive me nuts because the boards slide around whenever I clamp them together. Then I end up beating them back into position. What’s going on?

 

A:

Most likely you’re putting too much glue on the joints and your boards are simply “swimming” around on the excess glue. Try the rub-joint gluing method instead.

Apply glue to only one edge of the joint, slide the two boards back and forth until the glue becomes tacky, and then clamp the boards. Bonus: rubbing the boards together distributes the glue evenly and produces a strong, thin glue line.

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Before clamping, rub the boards back and forth for a no-slip glue up.




This story originally appeared in American Woodworker October 2000, issue #82.

October 2000, issue #82

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