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  1. Paul, I just noticed a new style of clamp used during the glue-up of the end frames. They seem to have rubber pads vs the wood ones of the others. Also noticed no wood reinforcement down the center. Would you let us know the brand and where they are available?

      1. I’m still using my cheap Asian sash clamps with squares of leather (belt from the thrift store) attached with dbl-sided tape. Like you said, a third of the cost.

  2. Looking forward to seeing how to handle that ooze of glue going down (up?) the front panel. That looks like the type of problem I would have but then would have no idea how to remove and know that my panel is still floating. Or whether its something to even worry over.

    1. Paul scraped this off with the edge of a chisel as soon as we finished filming and he walked around the other side of the chest. Be careful to remove the glue from your chisel immediately afterwards if you do this.

  3. I don’t understand what the alignment pieces did. Their tenons are smaller than the mortises, so they don’t register the two sides vertically relative to each other. The two sides are rigidly clamped when we put in the alignment pieces, so it doesn’t seem they can move anything into position. Would you please give some examples of problems they would catch and what you would see?

  4. Could you comment on Paul’s decision to glue up the ends first as opposed to the front and back? I’m guessing it just has to do with the size and weight of the assembly. Also, are the alignment pieces there to help counteract the tendency of the clamps to cause the inside shoulder lines to open up since the clamps can’t be centered on the tenons?

  5. I was sweating there watching Paul struggle with that glue up! Wow I can only imagine if that was me ….

    Which reminds me, I sometimes ask a friend to come over and help with a difficult glue up. It makes you know what you are doing because you have to explain it to them before you get going. It also forces you to label everything clearly because they are more afraid of screwing up than you are. Then you go twice as fast with four hands working. So it is much less stressful with more time for the tricky spots. Then you have someone to admire the piece and drink a beer with while the glue is drying.

  6. Very exciting to see it all come together so perfectly
    Doing the gluing in 2 steps is the best strategy. However if there is a reason Mr Sellers glues the short end pieces first instead of the long ones. I would have thought it is easier to handle the short pieces for the second gluing phase

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