Kid's play table #3: Glue up and clamps that are juuuuuussst barely too short

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Blog entry by rfusca posted 07-10-2013 05:33 AM 2433 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: First mortise and tenons Part 3 of Kid's play table series Part 4: Table top jointing and glueup »

So, I went to glue up the long apron to the legs and realize my clamps were just barely too short – by about 1-2 inches. So, after some careful experimenting, I combined by 1ft and 3 ft clamps:

Overall the glue up went pretty easy after that. I think the table is going to end up looking really well.

Unfortunately, I realized the wood I had for the top just really wouldn’t work well and the only other suitable wood in the shop would require a six board top glue up…..which just doesn’t sound like fun to me.

So, its off to the lumber yard on Saturday. I’ll probably pick up some wide poplar and I should be able to do it in two or three boards.

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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#1 posted 07-10-2013 08:33 AM

At first, I couldn’t tell what you did. Then… I saw it. Brilliant!

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#2 posted 07-10-2013 03:04 PM

Thanks! Yup – sometimes you just have to make it work.

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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#3 posted 07-10-2013 03:09 PM

I’ve been known to double up clamps from time to time – good job!

Eventually you’ll begin designing your pieces based on the lengths of your available clamps! :-D

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS

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#4 posted 07-10-2013 03:39 PM

Chris you could have ventured into drawboring also, no clamps. An idea for next time.

Hey you know you can get glued up pine table tops at Home Depot. I used that on my kids table. I think it was pretty cheap to. Check it out.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 07-10-2013 03:41 PM

Regarding drawboring – perhaps, but the tenons are pretty short – the legs just don’t have the width. A good bit of the tenon would have been bored through probably. But definitely a good idea when the clamps just don’t fit!

Yup, I’ve seen the glued tops at Lowe’s, but I need the practice in gluing up.

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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#6 posted 07-11-2013 01:03 AM

Chris, A six board glue up is easily done: glue 3 at a time and then glue those together. It will have less tendency to cup that a wide board glue up. Just lay them all out to achieve a pleasing grain match/contrast before committing to glue!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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