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#1 posted 02-08-2016 05:05 PM

I ll look into some of the fundamental skills – specifically joinery – and try to complete Kenny s challenge – I ve wanted a stool for my bench for some time now. Is glue acceptable? And if so, does a basic Titebond I work okay for basic joining?

- DerekJ

Great choice for a first project. Won’t take forever, good confidence builder, and useful. Good luck and don’t hesitate to ask any questions!

I would put focus on mortise and tenon joints for a stool. Splaying the legs a bit will add stability and give you some good experience with mitering. And YES, glue is absolutely acceptable. Critical even. You’ll want to learn how to spread it properly and keep it from ruining your finish. In fact, when you get down to it, a lot of the motivation for the joinery we use is to maximize surface area for glue. Dovetails and box joints are beautiful joints. They also increase the strength of the joint by providing many times the glue contact area that a simple butt joint or even rabbet joint has.

Titebond 1 is fine as far as I know but I’ve never used it. I use TB2 unless there’s a need for waterproofing then I use TB3.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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