Kelly, everyone has their favorite glue; I use Titebond III on almost everything I build. It has a longer working time and sets up quick plus it is highly water resistant. I use acid brushes to apply the glue and just cover the surfaces with a thin coating. Clean up is quick and easy with a damp rag as John mentioned. When clamping you do not want to crush the wood, just hold it firmly together. This may reduce the amount of squeeze out you are getting but most likely you are being too liberal in applying the glue.
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