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Forum topic by RockyTopScott posted 03-21-2009 05:54 PM 1020 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2009 05:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: joining

In almost all of the instructional videos, etc. on loose tenon joinery i have reviewed, I see they are applying glue to the tenons (mortises), but not to the mating pieces (butt faces) they are joining.

Is there a structural reason (or any other reason) for this? I know the glue may squeeze out and you have to deal with cleaning it up.

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#1 posted 03-21-2009 06:19 PM

The most probable reason is the butt faces are endgrain. Glue on endgrain doesn’t really have any strength.

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#2 posted 03-23-2009 02:21 AM

i do add glue to endgrain. not much glue strength, but it does add some. goriilla glue does better on end grain they any other i’ve used. wet one side, apply it to the other side. it does foam up and can push joints apart if they are not clamped tight

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