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Woodworking Tips: Glues that Bind

When I started woodworking, it was not because I wanted to make great art. It was because I wanted to make a living at something that I liked to do.

I thought – I can make a cabinet or a table – It’ all about getting each individual part to stick together in the way that I want. All I have to do is cut the parts to the right size and glue them together with wood glue!

What I didn’t think about is:
•Glue requirements for different types of wood
•Dealing with joints that left a little bit to be desired
•Working with surfaces that needed to bond with the strength of a ‘wood-welded’ joint like a mortise and tenon

Wood glue, in my mind, was just like paper glue – you only needed to add some between the two pieces and stick them together until it dried. I could not have been more wrong than if I had used spit and friction…

Wood glue technically melts and compresses the cellular walls contained within the surface of each stick of wood, bonding them together by filling the cells between the two.

This functional detail can mostly be ignored, except when you want to glue one type of material to another and you have gaps to fill at the same time, or, you are working with wood grains that do not align parallel, but angled or perpendicular.

In these cases, there are a number of glues out on the market today that can help to translate what you have in your mind into reality.

Read about choosing the right glue.

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Creative Woodworking Using the Tools You Have

When we watch the ‘pros’ on TV doing their thing, at some point we find ourselves saying “I could do that! If I had all those great tools and professional jigs, I could do anything!”

Well, when I started woodworking, I had three power tools: a table-saw, a hand drill, and a router. Take it from me, that is all you really need, however a spattering of skill and a dollop of patience is also helpful, but not required… initially.

With a few router bits, saw blades, jigs and templates, you can turn any one man show into a custom woodworking studio to the envy of all. As you churn out custom projects like:
• sliding dovetails
• perfectly round disks made on a table saw
• custom curved moldings
• compound radius table tops

The key is to visualize each step of your project and make a plan incorporating the materials and tools you have. Don’t be afraid to get creative and manipulate the tools you have in order to achieve the cuts and angles you want for your piece.

Read this article with some tips for Using a Table Saw Instead of a Surface Planer.

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Create Templates for Circular Shapes with Flush Trim Router Bits

Starting Your Woodworking Project
When starting a new woodworking project, it is extremely important to review the necessary steps, tools, cutters, router bits, and materials.

Getting half of the way into a project and discovering that you don’t have the necessary router bit can be frustrating and sometimes very time consuming! If you have a fully tooled woodshop, you may be able to wave the last question until you move into your project. However, most of us only have a few router bits and saw blades and therefore, need to economize a little.

The most important router bits to own are flush trim router bits with bearings including:

Standard straight bits

Various round-over bits

For more complicated projects, straight router bits with top-bearings and straight router bits with bottom-bearings are indispensable. These router bits are a necessity for making flush trim templates and ensuring that all parts are equal in dimension, shape, and layout.

For circular shapes, such as small table tops, a shape needs to be cut with a template that has been created with a swing-arm attached to a router. The exact dimension of the radius of the table top will be determined by the distance from the center of the pre-drilled hole (for the center-pin to ride in as the router circumnavigates the template material) to the inside edge of the straight cut bit.

Read more about Flush Trim Router Bits and Templates for Circular Shapes.

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