Gluing Techniques

In gluing, more is not better. Some people feci that if a little glue holds firmly, then a lot of glue holds even better. That's not the case. In fact, the opposite is true. Too much glue makes a weak joint, chiefly because glue in itself is not a strong substance — not nearly as strong as the wood it bonds.

If you placed two pieces of wood '/g-inch apart, filled the space between them with glue, and let it set, you would have a weak joint that could be easily broken. On the other hand, if you applied a thin coating of glue to each of the surfaces, then clamped them firmly as they dried, you would have a joint that in many cases was stronger than the wood itself. If you tried to break the joint apart, the wood on either side of the joint would probably fracture before the joint broke.

And therein lies the secret of making a good glued joint. Apply thin coats of glue, clamp securely, and allow ample drying time.

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