Open weave Lazy Larry #8: The glue up

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Blog entry by degoose posted 08-03-2011 08:38 AM 8299 reads 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Waiting for the glue to dry... Part 8 of Open weave Lazy Larry series Part 9: Out of the clamps. »

Got out nice and early this morning… and here is the glue up video you have all been waiting for …

The whole video is actually only 9 minutes long… intro and ending included… the glue up took around 8 minutes and a further couple to fit and adjust the clamps..

So a realistic total of under 10 minutes… not too shabby…

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#1 posted 08-03-2011 09:00 AM

cool! you have nerves of steel… i liked the setup with the two corners – i always find it hard to move the parts to the assembly area.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#2 posted 08-03-2011 09:46 AM

Up early, and sporting that new haircut too. This is very helpful in reducing my intimidation factor. Let’s hope we can put that to rest. Thanksa bunch Larry. This helps a LOT!!! :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 08-03-2011 01:13 PM

This was a pretty interesting video, Larry. I know that ordinarily watching a glue up wouldn’t seem to be too exciting but you brought this one off well and it was fun to watch you in action. It held my attention for the entire time.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Doug McPherson

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#4 posted 08-03-2011 03:20 PM

Hey, this is great! Thanks. I think I missed the previous videos covering how you get all the individual pieces perfectly sized. I’ll go look. If you don’t do that part right, the outcome will be much different that yours. I love following your posts and videos. Keep them coming.

-- DullChiselDoug,

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#5 posted 08-03-2011 05:08 PM

I was taught to always glue both sides of each connecting piece and here you go setting new parameters for me to think about. I sort of wished you had shown how much glue you apply to each piece but it looks like a fairly liberal amount. Thanks for posting and giving new tips for me. I have one project I have been putting off because I dread the glue up on this one, your method would make it much less intimidating!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 08-03-2011 06:04 PM

Very GOOD Larry!

You surprised me! I expected some FANCY glue-up procedure making larger sections and when dry, putting those together to get final result.

What you did was really the Obvious… have a nice square frame to work with and just go to it… Get it over with!
Clean & Simple!!

I could find myself putting a piece to the wrong level though… You MUST remember to go Over and DIAGONALLY for each piece… If you do not go diagonally, you mess up… Big time.

Might not hurt to actually go through the complete moving procedure without glue 1 or 2 times to be sure you GOT IT first… The Dry Fit procedure… if you will.

COOL way to do it… Just Do It!

Thank you very much! I’ve got to try this soon… I’ll get it on my list… and I will eventually do it!

You did a Great Job on it… and you looked so sharp & clean-cut while doing it too! :)
(but we couldn’t see your toes!) :) :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#7 posted 08-03-2011 06:25 PM

Thank You Larry,
I always apply glue to all surfaces as I put things together. I know that there are many that don’t, and they produce excellent results, but I just can’t seem to make myself apply glue like that. Must be an OCD thing with me.
I really appreciate the effort you put into this blog series. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

-- Mel,

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#8 posted 08-03-2011 06:36 PM

Thanks Larry.

I would never had the nerves to glue the whole thing in one session. I guess experience really counts here.

Great video.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 08-04-2011 02:02 AM

Man you should see me during a glue up!!! I come unglued!!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#10 posted 08-04-2011 05:10 PM

Larry, it looks like you simply squeeze the glue straight out of the bottle, rather than loading it into a roller-top bottle. Have you tried the roller-top bottles for this type of glue-up? I’m just wondering because it seems like that would lay down a nice consistent amount of glue, although you’d get squeezeout right away since it would take the glue all the way to the edge. It appears from watching the video that you don’t want the glue out to the edges, but rather you leave it more towards the center of the blocks, letting the clamps squeeze it out to the edges?

Maybe I missed it, but is there wax paper underneath all of this, or did you wax the surface you were gluing this up on? It seems like this would want to glue itself to the surface you’re using here?

Thanks for posting this. It was very helpful to watch. I found myself looking at the video clock to check on your race against time, but you had plenty of time to spare.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#11 posted 08-19-2012 06:36 AM

Larry, I’m finally working up the nerve to try this. You make it look so easy. i never would have gotten it right on the first 10 tries!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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