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Mask glue joints before prefinishing

Apply wood glue with a flux brush

Cover bar clamps with wax paper

Add one board at a time

Attach small pieces with superglue

Spread glue with a notched trowel

Let it jell, then shave it off

Remove excess glue with an abrasive pad

Remove hardened glue with a paint scraper

Tack—then clamp

Examples of glue squeeze-out

Examples of glue squeeze-out

The Right Amount of Glue

With a little experience, you’ll develop a feel for how much glue is just enough. Too little glue creates a “starved joint,” which will be weak. Too much glue makes a mess and wastes glue. With practice, you’ll know just how much to apply. You should see a continuous line of small glue beads. When this perfect glue joint sets up a little, you’ll find it easy to scrape off the jelled excess, and you’ll have very little cleanup to do.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Clamps
    • Air compressor
    • Air hose
    • Brad nail gun
    • Notched trowel
    • Paint scraper
    • Rags
    • Wood chisel

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • Wood glue
    • Masking tape
    • Flux brushes
    • Wax paper
    • Cyanoacrylate glue
    • Abrasive pads

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