Boxland: Work Stations and Boxing Tips #1: The Glue Up Table

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Blog entry by Boxguy posted 05-11-2012 06:28 AM 12840 reads 31 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Glue Up Table

In my shop the most important element in efficiency is organization. That means having what I need at hand when I need it. In the case of the glue up table it starts with a straight line that I can put the sides of the box against to line them up for glue-up.

This is a shop made holder for the tape dispenser. It allows me to have the tape already positioned over my work and it is easily removed from the holder.

Glue and brushes are essential. I keep my brushes in water and they don’t clog up. I can use the same brush for months on end as long as I put it back in the water cup at the end of each use. Since I use the thicker Tightbond Trim and Molding glue it is essential to hold the bottle up-side down.

Paper towels are another must. I use them to clean up and dry off the brushes when I first take them out of the water. They are handy here on the left.

My home made band clamps hang on a hook on the left. I can quickly reach them and put them back when I’m finished.

An air hose is useful for blowing away dust before finish is applied and for the pin nailer I use to hold parts in place until the glue dries. The small shelf also holds a scraper for cleaning dried glue off the table and a screwdriver for cleaning away glue squirt out. I set the timer (silver left) for an hour to let me know when the glue has set up enough for me to work on the next step.

Of course you need a nice bright task light and if you are wondering about the piece with the bars welded across it that is a press for attaching tops. The other boards are culls for the press.

In later chapters I will show the actual process of gluing a box together and talk about the press.

-- Big Al in IN

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#1 posted 05-11-2012 10:10 AM


-- Nimkee** Joe

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#2 posted 05-11-2012 12:01 PM

Hey Al,

That’s a Great, dedicated, assembly area. Are your clamps on a wall rack or Mobile rack?

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 05-11-2012 01:40 PM

Nice setup. Everything right at hand

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 08-28-2012 11:03 AM

One thing that see Big Al that you could use is wax paper by laying it down under your glue up’s the glue no longer sticks to the table and the wax paper peels right off the box, it doesn’t stick to anything.

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#5 posted 08-28-2012 02:45 PM

Blackie, good idea as always. You’re probably right…wax paper would help, and I use it sometimes. What I usually do is just scrape the laminent with a wide, sharp putty knife and occasionally wash it down. I use foil on internal glue up inside boxes.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 12-09-2012 11:18 PM

Wow, great ideas box guy. Im glad Im reading your blogs before I re-arrange my shop.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#7 posted 02-17-2013 04:24 PM

I like it,,, Good read not sure how I missed this series. Well on to part 2 Thx

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 10-14-2014 03:32 PM

I saw your assembly\glue up table some months ago when you commented on my glue up box.

So, I thought I would build a glue up\assembly table.

Here is my version. Thought I would share.

-- Brad, Texas,

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