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Gluing up a box joint

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Old 12-26-2008, 10:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am sorry to steal one of Nickabee's nice photos but I thought it would help explain my question.

I made a box with 1/4 inch dovetails. Gluing it up became quite a challenge as there were so many fingers to try to glue.

I am wondering if you can glue up two sides at one time, let the glue dry and then continue on gluing up the sides, in stages.

I hope this is a clear question and not a dumb one.

Thanks for the input.

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Old 12-26-2008, 11:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Steve,

It will be difficult to keep your box "square" doing it that way.
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Steve,
Look at the caption above Nickabee's photo, follwing that should answer your question.

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PS - Any box smaller than the one in Nickabee's photo should proberly be glued up all at once.

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I studied it, but I can't tell if he glues it up in sections. It kind of looks like he does. Is that what you think?

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It appears to me from the picture and caption, that he has used a machinest square and 2 clamps to hold 2 sides of the box tight and square while the glue dries. Only Nickabee can say for sure how he rest of it was glued together.

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Hi Guys

I'm not sure why anyone would use a machinist squares for glue up blocks, they do sale ones you can buy but why not just make your own ..ploy. works the best but just about any scrap stock you have in the shop will do the job..plus you are making a small box you don't need them...anything under 5"...


poly.= Polyethylene glue will not stick to it

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Hi SB,

It's always wise to glue the "box" as an entire unit. Not in parts. It only takes 1 piece to be off just a tad to really mess things up.

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I've seen those but, I prefer to use the external square to help clamp for squareness. Rockler sells them, cheap.
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I was worried that no one would reply to me after disclosing that I am a lawyer. Thanks for overlooking that. I am not one of those nasy fellows that does a lot of lawsuits.

Also, thanks for the info.

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HI Ken

Yep they work but they are a PIA when it comes to box/dovetails because the joint stick out just a little bit or to say just proud of the stock the norm...

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It's always wise to glue the "box" as an entire unit. Not in parts. It only takes 1 piece to be off just a tad to really mess things up.

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I've seen those but, I prefer to use the external square to help clamp for squareness. Rockler sells them, cheap.
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I was worried that no one would reply to me after disclosing that I am a lawyer. Thanks for overlooking that. I am not one of those nasy fellows that does a lot of lawsuits.

Also, thanks for the info.

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Well you also are a woodworker so we will let the lawyer thing slide! Actually, you may get some questions from some of us. What state are you in?
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