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Blog entry by WoodshopTherapy posted 09-28-2019 01:12 PM 635 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve seen a lot of failed furniture joints in my furniture repair shop. I’m surprised how many people don’t know the fundamentals of how to properly glue up parts. I’ve seen finish in joints. I’ve seen joints with barely any glue in them. I’ve seen dowel joints with just glue at the bottom of the mortise. I put this video together to show how to properly glue up furniture joints. Let me know what you think.

https://youtu.be/hS8NV_S9dw0

-- Scott Bennett - sharing woodworking knowledge



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#1 posted 09-29-2019 12:54 AM

Nice tutorial, Scott. I like your use of wedges to keep the fulcrum at its most advantageous point.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 09-30-2019 12:49 AM

Hi Scott:

I enjoyed the video. Thanks for making it.

Someone in the video replies commented that only the dowels give any strength: the flat surfaces are end grain so those glue joints are weak. I was wondering if you agree with him. One of those surfaces is more parallel to the grain than it is perpendicular. I recently found out the hard way that butt end glue joints on the end of 2×6 boards have zero strength, but your joint seems like a hybrid – end grain to parallel grain.

Kerry

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#3 posted 09-30-2019 01:00 AM



Hi Scott:

I enjoyed the video. Thanks for making it.

Someone in the video replies commented that only the dowels give any strength: the flat surfaces are end grain so those glue joints are weak. I was wondering if you agree with him. One of those surfaces is more parallel to the grain than it is perpendicular. I recently found out the hard way that butt end glue joints on the end of 2×6 boards have zero strength, but your joint seems like a hybrid – end grain to parallel grain.

Kerry

- KTNC

As a furniture maker, I know end grain has very little strength. When faced with adding glue or not adding glue on this sofa repair… I added the glue. For some reason I have a hard time not adding glue to a joint like that.

-- Scott Bennett - sharing woodworking knowledge

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