How to Glue the Lid

In this lesson, I will show you how to glue the lid together to ensure it is flush and flat. Care needs to be taken at this stage as it can save you a whole lot of effort later when planing this thing flat!

This lessons objectives:

  • How to clamp the components
  • How and why to use cauls in a glue up
  • Using risers in a glue-up
  • Accounting for clamp head deflection

I am using Titebond II for this glue up as it's yellow colour matches the wood tones of this project and it is extremely easy to clean up after assembly. Another great feature of Titebond II is that it has a strong initial tack. This means the two components are much less likely to slip compared to other wood glues; which is ideal for edge joints such as this.

If you are using a method of locating the components such as biscuits or dominoes, you will not need a glue with a strong initial tack as the fixing will hold the panels in line with one another.

If however you would prefer a glue with a longer open time, I would suggest Titebond Extend. This gives you longer to put the clamps on before the glue begins drying.

Have you got the plans yet?

Package includes working drawings, a cutting list, and a 3d SketchUp model!

The Student Series

Want to see another beginner make this project before you? It's a great way to scope out any mistakes before you make one yourself!

Diagnosing and removing bumps in edge joints – 1:25

How to read grain direction – 3:15

How to flatten lid and prevent bowing from clamping pressure – 5:22

Overview – 8:18

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