Methods of Joining Wood

There are several ways to join pieces of wood together using glue; here are just a few of them!

A popular way of joining wood is by joining it at a 90-degree angle. There are two ways to do it:

Create a 45-degree mitre (for a seamless connection)
1. Apply glue to mitred corners
2. Lay one board on it’s back between two clamps.
3. Take the second board and join the two mitred corners where the glue has been applied.
4. Lightly tighten the two clamps.
5. Slide the joined pieces to the edge of your workspace.
6. Using two other clamps, lightly clamp the second board to the table.
7. Verify the alignment of both boards.
8. Once boards are in place correctly, tighten all clamps equally.

Edge to edge
1. Apply glue to edge of the first piece and to the lower side of the second piece.
2. Lay the first piece on it’s back between two clamps.
3. Stand the second piece upright, so that both glued surfaces are facing each other.
4. Slide the two pieces together.
5. Align the edges of your boards.
6. Tighten clamps accordingly.

Side by Side (often used in making a tabletop):
1. Line up both pieces side-by-side.
2. Draw a ‘cabinet-maker’s triangle’ across the aligned pieces; this will help ensure they are lined up properly once the glue is applied.
3. Apply glue to the edges that need to be joined.
4. Place the boards between the clamps
5. Line up the cabinet maker’s triangle
6. Apply pressure (be sure to check the alignment of the triangle!)
7. Tighten clamps accordingly.

As always when working with glue, be sure to leave the pieces clamped together for an appropriate amount of time to ensure proper drying.

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