Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
A clamp at hand is insurance

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
I glue entire case pieces together at one time. Sometimes dozens of joints. What makes this approach possible is a wife skilled at applying glue, and pre-adjusted clamps at the ready to be employed at the first sign of trouble, or in the end to snug that last fraction of an inch. On-lookers take note. Slidy joints can seize, or more likely not fully seat. Be prepared with a clamp should mallet bashing hint at failure.

The last piece I glued up was done under lower than typical humidity conditions. I narrowly avoided trouble from the glue drying faster than I was accustomed to.

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