Glue ups / Clamping

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  • #4536
    Anonymous
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    I have one slab glued up, and the underside planed flat and straight for my workbench top. I must say glueing these up is not one of my favourite pass times. Taking Paul’s  advice I had a dry run, well there was no way I was going to glue 6 lengths at one time. I had to glue them 2 at a time, then glue the laminations together. I know the long way round, but they were quiet level when I finely got them glued up.

    What I did find on taking them out of the clamps, was some deep dents in the edges from the clamps, yes I did use packing on the clamp heads. I  had read somewhere that if you put water in the dents, it could lift the wood fibers back up.

    I tried this and left the slab over night, HaHa it works every trace of the dents was gone. Still not looking forward to glueing the second one today though.

    Ken 😉

    #4538
    juryaan
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    What sort of clamps are you using Ken?

    I like the clamps Paul is using but they are very hard to find here in Holland.

    Want to built myself a decent workbench somewhere next year.

     

     

     

    Lopik - Netherlands

    #4539
    Anonymous
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    I used a combination of these juryaan, they work well.

    #4543
    George Bridgeman
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    I had a headache when I did mine as well. It’s difficult to get it all together before the glue bites too hard. One thing I did that helped was to put glue on one edge of each of the boards being laminated, lie them down next to each other, then bring them together quickly all at once, only tightening the clamps a little so I could knock them into place and get them level, then tighten the clamps some more. It takes practice but you get a lot of it on the workbench build!

    I had a nightmare when laminating the aprons because they warped slightly after glue up. I spent some quality time with my #4 (didn’t have the 5 1/2 then) getting the apron tried and true again. Ugh. Really wish I had access to a planer thicknesser then!

    George.

    "To know and not do is to not know"

    #4550
    Dave
    Participant

    I had the same problems but a person at my local wood yard told me to mix a bit of water with my glue to increase the open time of the glue.  Just make sure to leave it clamped up overnight.

    -Canada

    #4574

    @juryaan: These are indeed hard to find here in Holland. One day I was googling and found them at toolstation.co.uk. So I went to toolstation.nl and amazingly they were not listed. I sent an email to toolstation with the question how to order them and they answered that it was not possible 🙁 Now I have ordered them from amazon.co.uk and this week they will arrive. I have no clue what’s wrong with toolstation.

    #4575
    juryaan
    Participant

    Thank you Michael , i will look at Amazon for them.

    What brand are the clamps you ordered?

    Please tell me what you think of them when they arrive.

    Lopik - Netherlands

    #4578
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Hilka produce decent aluminium sash cramps and I think they’re available via Evilbay as well as Amazon 🙂

    #4583
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Ok thats both slabs glued up for my bench top 🙂 I feel like I’m making some progress. Gluing these up has been pain, but with one planed up on the underside and seeing it next to the one I have just glued up, Mmmm nice 🙂

    #4584

    The brand is Silverline Juryaan.

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