Glue-Ups

Frax got some glue over the Christmas break!

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Traditional old fashion white glue, gives me about 10 minutes for a typical glue up. Soldering brush (cut down and all loose hairs pulled out) a dowel rod and an old foam brush with the foam removed. Don’t throw those things out they make good glue spreaders.

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I was doing a demo on gluing with students one day when a former student in his second year of Cabinetmaking came in to see me. He told us a story of how his bench mate filled each dowel hole with glue and then proceeded to use a 4lb deadblow mallet to drive the top of a desk and a side together. He watched in horror as the entire side blew out and glue shot everywhere. So yeah, a drop of glue in each hole smeared with a dowel rod works just fine.

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Did some pre -finishing with super blonde shellac before gluing up.

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Bridle joints or “through mortises” are striking  joints to use in door frames.

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Waxing each joint with Beeswax to make glue removal effortless.

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Square and all joints tight..still somewhat stressful even after doing a couple of thousand glue-ups  with students.

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After the glue up I began fitting the partition. Diagonal sticks or “bar gauges” are still the best way to get accurate dimensions off a case and then transferred direct to the tooth of a table saw blade and a stop block.

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Still too tight on the spline…off to the shooting board.

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Edge treatment with a nicely tuned spoke shave.There will a negative space under this partition that I will need to remedy. In the picture below you can see how the partition is just level with the lower door rail. When a customer looks into the cabinet from wall height the objects will not be hidden from viewI have a solution for it but it will be a lot of work. No not a drawer, something else….

 

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Gettin there, next post..sticks!

Stay tuned!

 

 

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