Wood Glue Joints

Wood Glue Joints

The simplest method of joining boards together along their edges is by means of the square joint or what may be called the plain glue-joint. To prepare the boards for this joint, place them face to face, with their edges exactly level and their grains running in the same direction, and fix them tightly in the bench vise. Then "shoot" both their edges at the same time; in other words, plane them perfectly straight and square. This is best done by the long plane called the jointer. When the edges are deemed perfectly straight, and found square, by the application of the try-square all along them, the boards must be removed from the vise, and their edges laid together and carefully examined; to see that they lie in close contact throughout their length.

They can be easily tested by holding them up between the eye and the light: if no light can be seen between their edges the joint is satisfactory. To complete the joint, fix one board, edge up, in the bench-vise, and quickly brush its edge all over with very hot, freshly made glue (not too thick but of good body); then lay the edge of the other board upon it, and move it forwards and backwards until the surplus glue is worked out from the joint. When the boards are long, both their edges should be brushed with the hot glue.

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