I get questions about panel glue ups all the time... How much glue to use, spread it manually or not, straight or squiggly lines, etc...
Here's what I do... I place a glue bottle tip's width of glue in a straight line from end to end on the joint. No squiggly lines... Then I place the 2 halves of the joint together with light pressure and rub them back and forth against each other. This serves to spread the glue for you! It gives you an much more even spread than you can ever get with a finger or a brush...
Since I don't have way to much glue in the joint, I can actually use the squeeze out to gauge how much pressure I am applying with the clamps.
If you have too much glue, you can't see the joint! What's the use of putting that much glue in your joints if you use too much pressure on the clamps, and squeeze it all out?
When I have a row of small beads of glue peeking through the entire joint, that's enough! Parallel clamps can exert over 1,000 pounds of pressure. A properly edged panel doesn't even require 25% of that much pressure!
Questions or comments? I'd love to hear them!
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