Gluing Up: How to get a strong, square assembly

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A misplaced caul may simply make your life much more
tough. Take your time and tape a caul proper the place you need
it and your clamping stress to be.

The Taunton Press just lately re-released 5 books in our
Fine Woodworking On
collection. This traditional collection
options collections of articles from the early days of the


At present I used to be thumbing via
Fine Woodworking On Joinery
, which has 36 articles
about all issues joinery together with glues, ornamental joinery,
dovetail templates, mortise and tenon joinery and even clamps.
One article specifically jumped out at me. Ian J. Kirby wrote
a chunk for the November/December of 1981 merely titled


Despite the fact that I used to be solely six months outdated when this situation got here out,
the data in it’s simply as pertinent in the present day because it was
then. Particularly this text speaks to me and lots of others
who’re simply stepping into the craft as a result of it’s primarily based round
available and often inexpensive bar clamps. All of us
would like to have a full assortment of parallel clamps. But when
you’re like me, they only aren’t within the finances, or when you’re
like Ian Kirby in 1981, they weren’t out there in any respect but.


I attempt to make my time in my store as stress-free as attainable.
Designing, breaking down lumber, finessing joinery, and even
floor preparation are occasions that I can hearken to music or a
podcast (I positive do love these Shop Talk Live boys) and even work in
silence and suppose. When the glue begins flowing the strain
goes up a notch (or ten) and I rapidly begin flailing round
the store like a hen with my head minimize off. Including just some
minutes value of glue up preparation to get cauls arrange and
clamps so as can maintain you from chasing your tail or worse
but reaching for the drywall screws as a result of a joint simply didn’t
come collectively.


Kirby stresses how the sizing of cauls and the place they’re
positioned make a giant distinction. I’ve been responsible of grabbing the
nearest scrap on the ground and asking it to do nothing extra
than preserving my clamps from denting my mission. On this article
Kirby actually drives house the truth that correctly sized and
correctly positioned cauls not solely maintain your clamps from denting
your mission however ensure that your joinery is tight and


This text and the entire articles in
Fine Woodworking On Joinery
are classics. Don’t let
their classic idiot you. Wooden in the present day is similar because it was then
and these strategies apply simply as a lot in the present day as they did again
once they have been written.



*To provide you only a style of the nice articles you’ll discover in

Fine Woodworking On Joinery
I’m going to make
Ian Kirby’s Gluing
article out there at no cost for every week. 

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