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Eighteenth Century Cabinet #4: First Stage Glue Up

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 01-29-2021 09:55 PM 1319 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Wrap Up on the Basic Joinery Part 4 of Eighteenth Century Cabinet series Part 5: Ready for the Marquetry »

A little video of the first stage of gluing up the 18th C. cabinet. The top, bottom, and back are assembled dry to assure squareness and fit. The top and bottom will be glued separately later. The back remains loose and can be slid in or out.
I used Old Brown Glue for open time. Real time was ~30 min.

https://youtu.be/FxEWUqYxcjY

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/



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tinnman65

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#1 posted 01-29-2021 10:24 PM

I would say a glue up like that was grace under pressure but with OBG it takes a little of the pressure off. Great video Paul.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 01-29-2021 10:42 PM

Awesome job Paul…and great video. I never knew you could move so quick!! ;o)

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#3 posted 01-29-2021 10:44 PM

Glue ups are always stressful. Fun to watch. Great job.

-- Steve, Malvern, PA

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madburg

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#4 posted 01-29-2021 11:46 PM

Don’t you wish you could work that quick in real time! Surprised you are not using glue blocks.

-- Madburg WA

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shipwright

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#5 posted 01-30-2021 12:27 AM



Don t you wish you could work that quick in real time! Surprised you are not using glue blocks.

- madburg

Yes I do Martin. :-)

I may put glue blocks in the corners behind the legs where they attach to the curved sides but the fits are really tight and the glue should be enough. ..... we’ll see…

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#6 posted 01-30-2021 02:24 AM

Thanks for posting the video, Paul. You’re pretty quick! ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 01-30-2021 05:09 AM

Makes you wonder how they did something like that when all they had was hot hide glue. They must have had 5 guys applying glue at once.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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shipwright

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#8 posted 01-30-2021 05:23 AM



Makes you wonder how they did something like that when all they had was hot hide glue. They must have had 5 guys applying glue at once.

- Lazyman


Word is that LHG was discovered long ago when someone peed in his co-worker’s glue. Urea is the difference between HHG and LHG after all.
That said, there are lots of tricks and with a few skilled workers it could be easily done.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#9 posted 01-30-2021 09:49 AM

Interesting techniques:
- applying glue while the tenons are already half engaged in the mortises. This is where through tenons are justified for the shelves.
- using the top and bottom without glue to be sure they will fit later and the floating back to ensure squareness.

The hinges are already in place.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#10 posted 01-30-2021 01:59 PM

Fine work Paul. You make it look easy

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#11 posted 01-30-2021 03:35 PM

Wow … just watching that fast-time video, I’m all tuckered out! Awesome job Paul, and an enjoyable “behind the scene” peak at incredible joinery! Great moment stepping into your workshop too!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#12 posted 01-31-2021 04:46 AM

Amazing glue up. Always impressive work!

-- 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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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 01-31-2021 06:08 AM

Watched the video, loved it. Nice job!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#14 posted 01-31-2021 01:24 PM

I wanted to see how this glue up would go together, Great idea to video from beginning to end. I would have been a total stress case. I loved the ending after the turbo speed where you gave the slow Tah Dah hand gesture as if this was no big deal. Thank you for sharing.

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shipwright

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#15 posted 01-31-2021 03:07 PM

Thanks everyone. It was a fun video to do. What surprised me was that nothing fell apart and needed editing out. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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