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Posted on Glue up pressure and number of clamps?????

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Andybb

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#1 posted 01-18-2018 06:27 AM

I know you guys are engineers but, is it just me or are you guys putting way to much thought into this? What ever happened to, “you can never have too many clamps”? I am an internet trained woodworker thanks in most part to lj’s and youtube and a few others. In the 10K woodworking videos I’ve watched and articles I’ve read I have never once heard this discussed or anybody saying, “This is what happens when something is clamped too tightly”. Clamp it good and tight (not over-tight)with as many clamps as seem appropriate then add a couple if there’s room. If there’s no squeeze out I know I haven’t put enough glue in the joint. If there’s a lot of squeeze out I know I put too much but I don’t take it apart like I might if I thought I put too little glue since, as someone already said, “the glue is stronger than the wood”. I might use a little extra glue with softer woods as they seem to absorb more than hardwoods.

Again, I have nowhere near the skills and experience you guys do but is clamping too tight really a thing?

To answer the OP’s question, IMO 4 should be good over 18”, using a long caul on each side and a clamp at the ends of the seam.

Rich, go ahead and have your way with me as I sure do respect your opinion.

-- Andy - Seattle USA


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