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Chemical joinery. Using glues to attach pieces together.

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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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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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Attach fastener into glue joint of two face-glued boards

I'm going to be building a bed for my daughter and my design calls for a larger piece of wood for the legs. I could use a 2x3 or 2x4, but am wondering if I could create the larger piece by gluing two ...
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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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What is the strongest wood filler?

I do a good amount of repair and this comes up quite often. Here is a typical situation from today, fixing a chair frame - one of the frame beams broke off and ripped out about half of the layers of ...
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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 ...
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How to separate wood I glued together

I have a cabinet door that broke along one full side at the joint. I glued the joint back together last night, but this morning realized I didn't clamp it to pull the joint in all the way flush (I don'...
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How long do I have to wait for glue to dry before staining?

I have four 4'x8' 3/4" sheets of plywood glued and screwed together to make an 8'x8' platform. Do I have to allow the wood glue to dry for the full 24 hours before I start staining, or can I start ...
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how to glue tiny pieces of wood

I'm making a wall-art thing from some laser cut veneers. I need to glue some small shapes onto a large backing board. The pieces are as small as around 7mm in diameter. What would be the best glue ...
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How to remove CA glue stains on wood?

I’m trying to remove some stains off those red maple veneers that were glued together with CA adhesive. I’ve sanded the veneers as much as I could but their thickness make it hard to go too deep into ...
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Gluing up using bench vise

I was trying to find some information online about using a vise along with dog holes instead of clamps for glue up. I can't find a single reference to it. Is this commonly done? Can the vise ...
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Frame and panel glue up

I'm building frame and panel sides for a cabinet, which I've never done before, and had a question about the glue up. I'm use mortise and tenons to make the frame and the panel will be floating inside ...
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How to fix splitting laminated wood piece?

I have a piece of furniture (a kind of chair) that seems to be made of bent laminated rails (if that's the right term). In a couple of curves the outer layers began splitting apart, as can be seen in ...
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FIlling up gaps in an old wooden floor

I'm currently in the process of renewing an old wooden floor. What would one use to fill in the gaps between the planks? I've asked in the local home repair store and they gave me a silicone like ...
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Is wood glue enough to hold a pine serving tray together?

I'm making a serving tray out of five pieces of pine. Will wood glue be enough to hold the tray together? If not, what should I do instead?
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Can you apply wood with glue over stained areas?

I am making a chest for my son. Was going to stain then assemble but have decided on the assemble, sand, stain method. However I will be gluing wooden letters to the lid of the chest and have seen ...
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Methods to prevent glue from filling narrow grooves during lamination

The kitchen knife-block that I own appears to have been constructed by: Squaring off a large block of wood Cutting into two opposite sides of the block a number of parallel slots (blind cuts) that ...
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In which order should I glue, stain and apply epoxy resin?

I want to glue four timber beams side by side, stain them and fix some voids with epoxy resin. What is the best order to do it? Each beam measures 150x150x600mm and is made from beech. Some voids ...
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What is "matrix gluing" (as opposed to "surface gluing")

A friend of mine is interviewing for a chemist position at a glue factory. As part of the interview, she has been asked to prepare a short presentation on the difference of "matrix gluing vs ...
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Separated wood 15 minutes after starting glue up, reapplied glue, and re-clamped, will the joint fail?

I'm making an end-grain cutting board. While gluing my (18) strips of wood together, I dry fit the pieces, glued them, and clamped them. As I was finishing tightening the clamps, I noticed that the ...
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'Wood glue doesn't stick to wood glue'. Could this conventional wisdom be wrong?

I've noticed something unexpected while testing PVA glues for strength. Glues tested: Titebond Original, Titebond III Ultimate. Wood species: Beech and Pine (and other unknown hardwood species). ...
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Mortise before or after glue up (laminated legs)?

I am gluing up the legs of a workbench. I'll be laminating the legs together using 3 planks and the lumber is all the same dimension. My question is do I glue up the middle plank with the gap for the ...
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Repair warped wood in situ

I have acquired a coffee table (it's more like a small wide chest of drawers) with a warped frame and want to check that my fixing method is appropriate and cannot be improved upon.** My plan to fix ...
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Outdoor gate build - should I treat cut surfaces (half-lap joints) before gluing together?

New to woodworking and doing first project which is a garden gate. I am using pressurized 2x4 timber for the frame. To join the vertical and horizontal timbers together, I am using the half-lap joint (...
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Filling large gaps

I have made a router table fence with a "dust extraction" feature: As you can see there are gaps that would make the "box" not air tight. I need to use some kind of foam to fill those gaps. The ...
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prevent wood bending when glue is applied

I'm trying to make floor tiles which should look similar to attached picture. I sliced a wood about 6mm thick and wanted to glue them to the mdf base. However when I put PVA glue on a wood slices, ...
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How many 6mm dowels to support a shelf of a given weight?

I’m building a bookshelf out of MDF (18mm thick) using 6mm dowels (Silverline brand like the dowelling jig). Each shelf will be dowelled in place at the back and on both sides. I’m concerned about ...
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Advice on fixing cam bolt hole

Forgive me if I'm posting this in the wrong place. I'm assembling a tree hall that uses cam bolts but one of the plastic inserts was loose and when I tighten up the bolts the assembly is very wobbly....
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How to fix this mirror frame that is coming apart?

I have an old dressing table, and the mirror frame is coming apart. How best to repair it? I am thinking carpenter glue, but I'm not sure.
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Is rebate/rabbet joint with glue only strong enough?

If I use a rebate to joint 2 boards together, is it mandatory to use screws/nails to support it or will the glue alone hold just fine? My main concern is the fact that (to my knowledge) end grain ...
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Should I resaw before or after gluing up thin panels?

I want to make some thin (1/4-3/8") panels out of hardwood rather than plywood. My panels will be up to 8" wide, so I may need to glue up two or three boards to get the width I need. I'm starting off ...
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How does wood glue create strong joints?

I've been reading about joining pieces of wood at a 90 degree angle, and the religious war between pocket holes and mortise-and-tenon joints. The thing I find fascinating is that both still suggest ...
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How to fix Ikea wooden lamp

The wooden legs of my Ikea Lauters lamp came loose and I need some advice how to fix it. This is how the lamp looks like - you see the wooden legs: The 3 legs each have a wooden "peg" that ...
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Is there a DIY glue or epoxy alternative strong enough to hold bamboo bicycle frame joints?

I want to make bamboo bike like Craig Calfee and so many others have made, but if possible, I would rather not use epoxy, which is not biodegradable. A bamboo bike has a frame made of bamboo, held ...
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How do I attach these wooden hexagons together?

I am trying to make a hanging shelf/sculpture out of a bunch of individual wooden hexagon containers. Each hexagon is about 3" across the opening, the pieces they're made of are 1/4" thick, and they ...
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Choosing a CA glue for general purpose woodworking

I have a few specific woodworking uses for cyanoacrylate (CA, aka. 'super') glue. I'd also like to have some around so I can expand my usage as I find good new wood-related applications. My product ...
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Hot Hide Glue Guidelines

The instructions for my hot hide glue pearls say to keep the temperature at 60°C. How forgiving is the holding temperature? If you overheat the glue, at what point will it break down and lose its "...
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Laminating Boards For loft Leg

I'm designing the leg for a bed loft and was planning on laminating together 4 1x4's of Poplar. The middle two boards would not go the full length of the leg, so that a 2x6 can slide into it. This ...
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Can the finish be different on joined pieces

I'm making a table utilizing plywood as legs and solid ash wood as a tabletop. I plan on lacquering plywood and oiling the tabletop. 1) Should I be wary of oil interacting with lacquer at join line? ...
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Reinforcing/repairing a soundboard

So essentially I was making a bowed lyre (jouhikko/tagelharpa), which requires a thin spruce soundboard. I am going to make it by gluing three boards together as shown in this YouTube video: https://...
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Staining/marking from clamps during glue up

Good day We use Jorgensen parallel clamps in our workshop for most glue ups. Ever since cleaning the clamps with a steel brush, we get blue staining in the form of speckles despite the clamps not ...
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Table top popping up

I just got into woodworking and have ran into a problem. I recently completed a farmhouse coffee table for a friend and encountered a problem when gluing on the table top. I used 6 dowels for ...
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How to make a box with rounded corners

I've stumbled on this beautiful piece of design. And I'm wondering how they constructed the wooden part of the box. I have some questions: Which type of wood they use, because the nerves are really ...
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How can I drill a D-shaped hole to make a custom wood knob for an old stove?

I have a very old (1940's) Kenmore stove/oven that has almost no info online about it -- and have been looking and failing to find replacement knobs for years now. It has an extra large D-shaped gas ...
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Difficulty level in restoring wood bench?

For a while I've been looking for someone to restore the furniture in the picture. Without the caning, the cheapest I found was $350. They would take the furniture apart, sand and repaint, and then ...
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gluing small pieces

I have some very small squares that I am gluing for a checker board. Each square is .75 inch by .75 inch. I am gluing them by taking one square and the next, gluing and add another. But I am not ...
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Can you separate a biscuit wood joint?

I have a two person desk that was made years ago from 16mm wood, PG bison boards. The top is a 32mm top. It is attached to the legs and mid-section with biscuits where wood glue was applied and the ...
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Strength of board from squared branches as opposed to trunk wood

I have a lot of well-dried branches and I was wondering whether it was possible to turn them into constructional lumber by gluing them together as follows: cut them into equal length parts of about ...
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