Edge-to-edge joints, part 6

Edge-to-edge joints, part 6

Clamping capacity Can small shop clamping methods generate enough pressure to make a good edge-to-edge joint? The short answer is yes. Let’s look at the details. The US Forest Products Laboratory in their very useful Wood Handbook, chapter 10, page 16 (2010 edition),...
Edge-to-edge joints, part 7

Edge-to-edge joints, part 7

This discussion primarily applies to PVA glue, which most woodworkers use for these joints. I prefer Titebond III for its relatively long open time, ease of use, and dependability. Alternative glues with longer open times include special slow-set PVAs or liquid hide...
Edge-to-edge joints, part 8

Edge-to-edge joints, part 8

When to remove the clamps The instructions on the Titebond III bottle recommend “clamp for a minimum of 30 minutes (longer is better)” and “Do not stress joints for 24 hours,” which is how long PVA glues generally take to fully cure. I leave the clamps on at least...
All of it, together

All of it, together

I was listening to a Pandora station in the shop today and it got me to thinking. Pandora is a wonderful music app that characterizes each song or track of recorded music using “hundreds of musical details . . . melody, harmony, instrumentation, rhythm, vocals, lyrics...