Join edges pre-gluing
November 1, 2013 | 7:00 pm CDT

Q: Sometimes we will glue strips together with the individual strips being 3 to 6 inches wide. I think that with such wide pieces, we need to have a superior glue joint to avoid open joints, splitting, etc. So, I have instituted a program where, just before gluing, we joint the edges of all wide pieces to get a superior (flat, fresh) surface. Please tell me what you think of this approach?

A: This is an excellent idea. Jointing just before gluing will indeed produce the best joint possible.

The joint will be much stronger than the wood itself.

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Gene Wengert

Gene Wengert, “The Wood Doctor” has been training people in efficient use of wood for 45 years. He is extension specialist emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.