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Coffee table: the glue up

The new coffee table for our family room continues to make progress, although the progress has slowed for a variety of reasons. Birthday parties, college football games to name a few. One woodworking reason is that there are so many parts to glue up, I do it a little at a time.

One of the enemies of a nicely finished project is glue. When glue dries on wood, stain can’t penetrate it and if the glue is not removed, the glue will show as spots on the wood. So, doing a little at a time gives me the ability to remove the glue before it sets up.

Dowel joinery. Glue and more glue. Dowels hold this project together.

Squeeze-out. This water based glue has to be removed with a damp cloth.

Clamping the sides. In the background – one side already glued up. Three pipe clamps are used to glue the other side together.

Almost there. Both sides glued to the back.

Slipping the shelf in place. The lower shelf goes in now before the front is glued in place.

Finally! Everything glued up and square.

Each step in the process takes about 30 minutes. This on and off work takes place over a period of a few days. Next up: work on the top begins.

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During the week, I sell flooring products for The Dixie Group. Weekends, you'll find me in my basement workshop making furniture.

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