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When it comes to building a casefor a project, cutting the joinery issometimes the easy part. The chal-lenge comes when you get out theglue and clamps for the assembly. So,to take some of the stress out of the job, I follow a few simple rules.
the right Space.
You need to give yourself plenty of room to work. Thekey is to have clear access to all sidesof the assembly. So whether you’re working on the benchtop or the floor,clear things out of the way and give
PUTTING GLUE IN THE RIGHT PLACE
A bead of glue along the shouldersand bottom of the dado will spread through-out the joint with minimum squeezeout.
Tongue and Dado.
Put glue alongboth shoulders, plus a bead along the“rabbeted” side of the tongue.
Adding a Divider.
When sliding a divider into a dado, apply glue only to the lead-ing edges of both halves of the joint.
yourself room. And be sure to leavespace for the clamps you’ll need.
a dry run.
When cutting the join-ery, it’s easy to take the fit of someof the joints for granted. You figureif one fits, they all will. But beforestarting the assembly, it’s a good idea to test the fit of all the joints.One thing to remember is that gluemakes wood swell. If a joint is hardto assemble “dry,” you’ll really havea problem once glue is applied. Shoot for a snug, effortless fit.
clampS at hand.
Sometimes it’sdifficult to know how many clamps you’ll need for an assembly and where they should go. If this is thecase, do a quick run-through of theclamp-up. This gives you a chance togather the clamps you’ll need, adjust them to the right length, and find thebest position for them.
padS & caulS.
Clamping pads andcauls are important to a successfulassembly. If you don’t have pads onthe heads of your clamps, thin strips