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Fixing Misplaced Biscuit Slots

A biscuit jointer is a great tool for making accurate wood joints quickly and efficiently. From time to time you can end up with a misplaced slot that won’t line up with the mating side. The solution to this problem is to glue a biscuit into the slot, let it dry, and then use a flush trim handsaw to trim the biscuit flush. This will fill in the slot and give you a starting point to re-cut the slot in the new location.

Fixing an Misplaced Exposed Slot

If you cut the biscuit on the exposed side of the board, you can use a scrap piece of the same wood to fill in the slot. Simply plane the scrap wood to the thickness of the biscuit. Then trace the shape of the biscuit onto the wood and cut it out to make a patch. You can then glue the patch into the slot. When it dries, cut the patch flush with the board using a flush trim saw.

Title:  Shelf Life of Yellow and White Glues

Yellow and White glues have a shelf life of about 8-12 months after which they should be thrown away. Freezing also damages the bonding power of these glues. If the glue is excessively stringy this can also be a sign that it has passed its useful life. Glue is too inexpensive to risk building furniture with bad joints.

Glue-Up Tips

FORCING GLUE:

To force glue into a tight spot like a crack, put a little dab of glue where you want it and then blow it deep into the tight spot using a straw. Sounds crude, but it works.

SPREADING GLUE:

An old toothbrush (or a new one) makes a terrific glue spreader in some applications like spreading glue on edge of a board. It spreads the glue evenly, and it’s easy to clean up. If you’ve got to cover a large area in a short time, use a 2″ or 3″, short-napped paint roller.

INSIDE CORNER SQUEESE-OUT:

Before assembly, apply a piece of masking tape along both sides of a joint line along an inside corner. The excess glue oozes out onto the tape (mostly) and saves you some time cleaning glue out of the corner. If you don’t like tape, try scooping out the excess glue with the end of a plastic straw. The soft plastic takes the shape of the corner as you move it along the joint line.

FREE SCRAPER:

When gluing up panels, try using a plastic clip from a bread bag to scrap away freshly beaded or skinned-over beads of glue along a joint line.

Title:  No Wood Putty! A quick tip for fixing miter joints

If you’ve ever experienced the frustration of discovering that “little gap” on the outside of your miter joint, you’ll appreciate this quick tip.

Woodworkers often try to hide these gaps with wood putties or other fillers, but there’s a faster and easier way to solve this problem.

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If the gap is small, you can use the edge of a screwdriver to subtly round over the corners. The corners will close in and mask the gap. The effect is very subtle but effective.

 

 

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