Clamping question

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    Colin Scowen

    Last night I glued up this framework. I designed it to show some of the joinery (more as a practice for myself than for any other reason), specifically the through mortices with the rounded over ends.
    I clamped and glued in the directions shown in the red arrows in the attached picture. One thing that struck me though is that had my joinery been sloppier on that dovetail, then clamping the two through mortices tight to the cross rails would actually be driving the dovetail looser.
    Would any of you have added any additional clamps, either the blue to close the pins, or the green ( a spreader, not a clamp) to tighten the tail. Or would you have glued the dovetailed rail in at a later stage?
    (In this case, the lengths are all correct and the joints tight enough that I won’t have an issue, but I am curious how others might handle this.)

    Colin, Czech Rep.

    david o’sullivan

    I would have glued the tail at a later stage

    "we can learn what to do, by doing" Aristotle

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