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Chemical joinery. Using glues to attach pieces together.

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Stain then glue, or vice-versa?

After you've fabricated your pieces, is it better to "glue-up", then stain? Or is it better to stain first, then glue? What's a good rule-of-thumb?
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How can I join two boards at the ends?

I want to join two boards end-to-end, effectively making a longer board. Thus, the glue will be on the end grain of both pieces (highlighted blue.) (Source: self) I know that an end-grain butt joint ...
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What is special about wood glue?

Whenever I'm joining wood together, no matter what type of joint, I turn to wood glue. But there are other glues out there, such as epoxies and Gorilla Glue. It seems the alternatives are very strong ...
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Can clamps be too tight?

When gluing pieces together, I've always used an abundance of clamps and tightened them with all my might. Is it possible to tighten them too much? At some point, could I squeeze out so much glue that ...
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How to effectively fix a crack in a turned bowl

I recently came into possession of a wonderful turned maple bowl however there is one downside. There is a small crack about halfway through the bowl. The crack goes fully from top to bottom but not ...
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Is glue the best permanent join?

My understanding of modern wood glue is that, if the proper glue is used and wood surfaces are properly prepared, it will form a bond stronger than the wood itself. Is this true? If not what are the ...
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Making wood filler from sawdust

The piece I am currently working on does not need to be perfect in any way, I am actually going for a slightly rough look (due to many mistakes along the way) but I would like to hide some of the ...
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Gluing end-grain

Reading Is glue the best permanent join? and How can I join two boards at the ends? it sounds like the consensus is that gluing end-grain just doesn't work well. As this answer explained, When ...
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What is the benefit to gluing boards together instead of buying a thicker board?

It seems rather common practice for woodworkers on YouTube to combine smaller boards into larger boards, and then milling the larger board down to the size they want. Just one of many examples, Steve ...
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Can I thin PVA wood glue that has thickened?

I have half a gallon of Titebond I (yellow PVA glue) that has thickened quite a bit, making it difficult to pour. Can I thin it? How? Will thinning it have any effect on the glue's strength?
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Applying clamping pressure on opposing sides of a circle

I was in a boardroom and I noticed that one of the clocks had dropped off its nail and it broke the frame in two places. I assumed is was a very cheap clock made with plywood or some other engineered ...
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Glue spots under stain

I have two pieces of plywood that I joined with biscuits and wood glue (wiping away all excess glue after joining the two pieces. I then sanded the whole piece down to 220 grit. After staining there ...
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Will a beam of laminated boards be stronger when the members are vertical or horizontal?

I'm planning construction of a simple gymnastics balance beam which will be 12' long x 4" wide x 4+" deep. Based on various plans found online, I've purchased 6x 1x6 pine boards which I'll laminate to ...
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Using smooth dowel pegs

Commercially available dowel pegs come with a spiral groove around their outside surface. How important is this grooving? This comes to bear in the case when using smooth dowel stock to make ones ...
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I accidentally used woodglue that doesn't stain. How do I fix it?

I used hidden screws and wood glue on the joints of the legs and supports of a table*. When I started to stain the piece of furniture with a very dark stain, it simply would not take on the areas ...
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Gluing plywood to plywood for doll's house floor

I am making a small doll's house for my daughter. This is my first project; I am a total beginner at woodworking, basically what I know is remembered from watching my dad 30 years ago :) It's going ...
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How much clearance/slop is allowable for a structurally sound PVA wood glue joint?

When I am cutting structural joinery, mortise and tenon joints in this case, what is the maximum difference between the mortise dimensions and the tenon for a good glue joint if I am using standard ...
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Are there any extra considerations to gluing pressure treated lumber?

I am in the process of designing a floating raft, which will be built out of pressure treated lumber. There are various elements I would like create from gluing together some smaller boards rather ...
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What do I need to do to prepare wood for gluing?

I would like to glue two pieces of pine together (at a right angle to eachother, flat sides together) using wood glue and nails. What do I need to do to prepare the wood?
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How long does glue take to dry?

If I'm using PVA or wood glue, how long does the workpiece need to remain clamped before I can remove the clamps and move on to the next stage? Thanks to the magic of editing, it's hard to tell from ...
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Glue for butcher's blocks

I have made a chopping board for my kitchen out of some sort of hard dark wood. I don't know what it was. Because there was a crack in the product, I chiselled a slot down the crack and then glued a ...
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Panel Flatness During Table Top Glue Up

I recently attempted a panel glue up consisting of 7 2"x6"x6' planks of reclaimed yellow pine. The boards were planed flat on one side and edge jointed. All went well it seemed during the glue up (i.e....
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What are the different types/grades of wood glue?

I was wondering what where different types or grades of glue there is for gluing wood. I use titebond and there is others. My Question is simple. Can somebody list the different types and how the ...
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Special considerations for a very large, engraved food serving board

Somebody has asked me to make some large shaped food-serving boards, about 600mm/24" across, engraved with a catering company name. I've never taken anything like this on before and I have the ...
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Glue and orientation of 2 sheets of plywood

I have 2 pieces of 5-ply birch plywood, and I want to glue them together to create a 10-ply piece. My question is, does it matter which way I orient the two pieces? Should the grain be perpendicular, ...
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How to clean glue brushes

I see people using brushes (hair or foam) to spread glue. This is not something I have seen in real life. Without experimenting I have a feeling that spreading glue with a brush might be a good idea, ...
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How to permanently bond metal screws into wood?

My sister recently gave my daughter a toy train set. It's sturdy enough —the axels are thick and strong— but they have screw-in brass eyes and hooks to join the carriages together. These only take 5 ...
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What advantages do F-style clamps offer for gluing up a thick laminate?

I was reading the "How to Make a Bandsaw Box" by the Drunken Woodworker, and I noticed he used a ton of F-style clamps for the initial glue up. Later he uses some Bessey K-Bodies for re-gluing the ...
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Can I glue OSB to plywood?

I am planning to build a workbench and want to use layered plywood for the bench top. To keep costs down, I am considering using 3/4" OSB for the base and glueing 1/4" plywood on top instead of ...
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Should I treat end-grain on garden table with wood glue?

The Preface: I'm building a table for the garden and did some research into how I might seal and protect the most vulnerable parts of the table. The end-grain. The wood I have available is old(30+ ...
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What are advantages of hide glue and when should I use it?

The majority of all my work has used conventional wood glues with an occasional application of gorilla glue for certain exterior situations. I confess that I know little about hide glue and its ...
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Joints for a 3/4in-thick pentagon

I'm attempting to create a pentagon from 3/4in-thick pine boards, which will become part of a slightly odd shelving unit. Of the five angles, two are 90 degrees and I'm planning to use dowels and glue ...
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How can I fix warping on board made of glued 2x4s

I built a tabletop gluing up seven 2x4s together, and it warped a lot. Two opposing corners are up and the others down. I know cheap construction 2x4s can warp, but can this be fixed? The only way ...
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What type(s) of glue can I use on wooden kitchen utensils and devices?

If I want to repair a kitchen utensil and want to be (totally) sure there is nothing poisonous, cancerous, allergenic, [fill in your adjective] in the glue. What should I choose? Fish glue, rabbit ...
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How long after cutting wood can I wait to glue?

I am building a dining room table and it has taken me several months to cut all the pieces. Will the glue have any problems sticking to the edges that have been jointed/cut several months ago? I am ...
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What is the appropriate wood glue for outdoor wood furniture?

I have been considering building an outdoor bench. What is a good wood glue for outdoor wood furniture?
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Having trouble securing the PVC pipe for a Washers Game

I hope this question fits here. I just didn't know where else to turn. I'm definitely an amateur woodworker, but I recently tried to make a Washers Game. The square seemed too easy, so I did the ...
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Glue-up for butcher block-style countertop

Background I am working on a butcher block style countertop / tabletop, and am wondering how best to glue the wood together. The countertop is unfinished maple hardwood floor, with the tongue / ...
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How to repair a chip when one piece is already partially finished?

A small chip came off the surface of my piece when I was removing it from the rough stock. (I foolishly removed the piece, which I had just finished CNC'ing, from its rough stock by pressing it, ...
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Would a slab constructed from 2x4s be stable?

I have a fairly simple project I'm considering which will require slabs of approximately 3-4 inches thick. Because of its light weight and price I thought I might use 2x4 dimensional lumber to make ...
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Is there a reason not to glue a wooden bolt into its threads?

I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my new tapping set from Beall and one of the uses I was thinking about was creating a mallet--turn a head and then tap a hole and screw in a wooden handle (I have ...
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Gluing joints with no clamps

For my first real woodworking project, I'm trying my hand at making an end table. For the tabletop I'm using 1x6 planks with tongue and groove edges. To join the planks, I know that all they need is ...
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Do modern glues make dovetails obsolete?

I am a novice woodworker. I have been told that modern glues are so strong that they make a bond which is stronger than the wood itself, and consequently complex interlocking joints are, in many cases,...
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Laminating 2x4s - brush on the glue?

I laminated some 2x4s for workbench legs, and as you can see by the attached picture, there's a gap between two of the boards. I applied the glue in a zig zag line down the length of the boards and ...
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Techniques for gluing thin panels?

In another question of mine, Graphus commented that there are some very well established techniques for gluing up thin panels, especially from luthiers. What are those techniques, and how can I ...
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How tight should a dado joint be?

I know that joints should always be tight, but I suspect my dadoes are too tight. I have done a couple of projects using dado joints. I cut using a router, either using a 3/4 inch bit, or using "...
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Laminating 2" red oak to make 4x4s?

I got a bunch of free wood today, as in 6 rough quarter-sawn(!) red oak boards, 2" x 12" x 9'. For free. (Yay!) The boards were stickered about a year ago. (The largest piece was 38" x 4" x 13'. It is ...
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Is it hopeless to glue together two parts of oiled butcher block countertop?

I just got this oiled butcher block counter top yesterday, and I'm planning to on one end glue it to a another part of the same wood, cut shorter. I have heard that glue won't stick well on oiled ...
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What joining methods would be best for the legs and other areas of a height adjustable desk?

I am working on building my first piece of furniture. I decided to go a bit big and went with a height adjustable desk. I have the linear actuators and the electronics figured out. Today I purchased ...
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Edge joint failure - what is the cause?

I've had a few instances where my glued up panels, breadboards etc. have had gaps open up at the edges. This happens a few days or weeks after gluing. The gaps have all stopped at a certain point and ...