African Mahogany & Curly Maple Coffee Table #2: Panel Glue-up

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Blog entry by Reinan posted 12-29-2017 06:53 PM 528 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Rough dimensioning, laying out top Part 2 of African Mahogany & Curly Maple Coffee Table series Part 3: Leg machining »

Got the main panel glued and in clamps this morning. I learned from some issues I dealt with on the last panel: this time I cut the matching joints with one board face up and the other face down, hopefully that will remove any saw inaccuracies and create corresponding angles in the joint. I also used the new Porter-Cable plate joiner my pop gave me for Christmas (Thanks Pop!) to better align the boards and deal with the slight bow in one of them. Seemed to help align the panels while gluing so I could set the clamps and cauls. I hope these changes to the process will help the panel remain flat and reduce the sanding time involved. If 15-30 extra minutes of prep at glue up saves me 1 hour of sanding I will count that as a win.

-- -Russ

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