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Gluing up the large desk top
2/6/02

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These are the boards for a desk top I'm making. They are full dimension 2x8 red oak. 
First I checked to be sure they were flat, then I passed them through my thickness planner to make them all the same thickness. Then I jointed one side of each board, then ripped the other side through the table saw to make the edges parallel, then jointed that edge to remove saw cuts. 
Arrange the growth rings so they alternate up and down. this helps prevent the top from cupping.
After I arranged the boards so i was happy with the grain pattern, i laid out center lines for each of the biscuits approx. 6" apart. In this photo I'm cutting the slots for the lower biscuits.
And here I'm cutting the slots for the upper biscuits. I don't know that 2 rows of biscuits are necessary, but I thought it would be stronger.
Porter-Cable Deluxe Biscuit Joiner, Model No. 557
Porter-Cable Biscuit Joiner


1000 Piece Biscuit Mix
1000 Piece Biscuit Mix


Titebondô III Ultimate Wood Glue
Titebondô III Waterproof Wood Glue


This is a glue applicator designed to get the proper amount of glue into the biscuit slots. 

Working quickly at this step is important so the glue doesn't dry up on you before you tighten the clamps! This roller attachment is great for covering the edges quickly and evenly.
Here I'm putting the #20 biscuits into their slots. The biscuits are made of beech wood and will swell in the slots after you glue them up, making a very strong joint.
Glue Bottle Kit
Glue Bottle Kit


Little Red Cap
Little Red Cap


Disposable Glue Brushes
Disposable Glue Brushes


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You might see the pieces under my workpiece. They support the stock and leave room for barclamps under the work. If I were to just clamp from one side, that would tend to curl the top to that side. By alternating the clamps, I can control this. 
I use a 4' straight edge across the different boards, parallel with the clamps. With this I can see if the top is curling up or down, and compensate by putting the clamps above or below my work piece. 
Be sure to check out how I wrapped this table top with a "Breadboard Edge":

Making the bread board edge 

 
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