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Posted on Clamping technique? Is this a thing? Question from a novice!

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#1 posted 01-26-2018 01:03 PM

The whole purpose of using clamps is to get the air bubbles out of the glue. This is what causes the tight bond. To test your glue joints, grip the work piece in your hand and try to snap them firmly to see if they come loose. If so, it is a bad glue joint.

I agree with you never have enough clamps. There are moments when the extra are needed in the middle of a job. Don t forget art brushes to apply the glue. This is more useful in applying equal applications.

- AxkMan

Art brushes?? I do use the 2” disposable foam rollers you get from Lowe’s to make sure the glue is spread evenly. But, I do (for now, trying to really learn one thing at a time) mostly butcher blocks and small decorative kitchen stuff, haven’t really gotten into joinery yet, but that’s coming up soon. I’ve just been asked to make a set of custom drawer organizers. I can’t say no to anything, even if I have no clue how to do it.

Thanks to everyone for all of the great tips!

-- Shane

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