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07-02-2009 05:59 AM

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Ok, I know some might find this stupid but I need some help with it. I want to make a desk but for the top I want to make it out of a couple boards. How would I go about attaching them together for a strong top? Also the leg situation. they sell these 3’ 2×2s but they are so expensive and too short for this project. How can I make my own legs pretty cheap?

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#1 posted 07-02-2009 02:02 PM

Well its fairly strait forward use a jointer or tablesaw on the board edges and glue the edges of the board together using both clamping pressure across the board and downward to keep the joints from moving. The glued edges will be very strong if you use a decent glue like titebond. Use the same process to glue together long leg blanks ( 3×1 or 2×1) then cut them to the size needed. I included a photo below of the clamping process looks like when done. Also use a scraper on the joint lines after glue dries to remove squeeze out.


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#2 posted 07-02-2009 02:11 PM

“Whittle” – Thanks for the photo. Sometimes it is daunting to try something new that seems so hard, but with teh proper assistance (and good simple photos) it makes things a lot more achievable. Thanks.

-- Derrek L.

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#3 posted 07-02-2009 02:22 PM


This is called a “panel glue up”. I suspect Google would return more info about it.

Wipe the glue off well when it’s wet or give it a gentle scrape while the glue is still pliable, 10-20 minutes in or so, don’t let the squeezed out glue dry all the way hard before you try to get it off. Dried glue can be scraped off but it usually mars the surface then requires more sanding and finishing.

If you end up with a small glue line, an offset in the two boards where the panels don’t quite meet perfectly the entire length, you can either use a hand plane to smooth the joint or you can sand it away if it’s not too much of an offset.

This is pretty much the standard way to turn little boards into big boards so you can then cut them down into little boards again :)

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#4 posted 07-02-2009 03:03 PM

Thank you very much guys! By the way the photo helped me out tons! Also thanks for the glue tip. This is why I love Lumberjocks!

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#5 posted 07-04-2009 06:57 AM

If you choose to wipe versus a card scraper, be careful when wiping glue as any glue residue left behind on the wood surface will spoil your finish as glue residue will not take dye, stains or other finishes and will betray your glue-up line and leave off color splotches. Scrapers if setup correctly leave a very smooth surface not requiring sanding, however a sander will work great as well. For your first time out i would do a test run on two smaller pieces of stock, that would give you a great opportunity to work out any problems before you go to your more expensive wood. If you have specific question post em up. Good Luck

Also if you look at the picture you will see that I alternate across board clamping. I generally put the first clamp under the board the next over followed by under etc … This technique of clamping helps ensure the board remains flat and doesn’t cup the board along the glue-up line due to uneven clamping pressure. There are several other techniques used to ensure the finished project is not bowed.

There are also many opinions on grain direction for larger glue ups but you can find a bunch of information all over the net as mentioned earlier.

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