5 tips for better glue-ups.

5 tips for better glue-ups.

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  1. RFR on October 7, 2022 at 1:13 am

    Steve, yesterday I saw this video on the subject of gluing endgrain. The experiments shown are VERY eye opening about what most woodworkers think about glue vs endgrain. https://youtu.be/m7HxBa9WVis

  2. ramin khazan on October 7, 2022 at 1:13 am

    please also watch this video

  3. Dill Wiggle on October 7, 2022 at 1:16 am

    I have a wood project where there is gaps that I want to fill but wood glue will probably come out the ends of the gaps but I want the two pieces of wood to be adhered for extra strength. Would the wood glue and sawdust adhere to the wood so they won’t come apart or should I use some sort of caulking adhesive to get in the gaps ?

  4. RockinRobFromDownUnder on October 7, 2022 at 1:19 am

    Adding sand to the joint… I larfed out loud!

  5. Jason Ludwig on October 7, 2022 at 1:21 am

    Use stop blocks that are the combined thickness of the pieces, lightly clamp them on opposing ends. Maybe two sets per side, depending on the size of your workpiece. They act as fences, keeping everything aligned for your clamping.

  6. James Gulliver on October 7, 2022 at 1:21 am

    No ‘trick’? actually waiting a few minutes for the glue to begin setting and not be as ‘slippery’ is a great trick/advice! I definitely plan on starting to do it that way, thank you!

  7. Timothy Roche on October 7, 2022 at 1:24 am


  8. John Harper on October 7, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Dude, I spit my drink out when you added the "fine sand"!

  9. MQuijanoTorres on October 7, 2022 at 1:29 am

    I need help with a antique wood Flemish mirror (1900-1800) 🙁 . The corners are separating and I can’t find that glue here in Belgium 🇧🇪. Also I want to hang it on the wall but it’s really heavy and I don’t know if the wood is “strong enough” to bear the weight of the mirror ( 60cm x 160cm)

  10. velcroman11 on October 7, 2022 at 1:29 am

    Maybe Matthias Wadell my be interested in do this test.

  11. Docolin Dan on October 7, 2022 at 1:29 am

    Thanks, I was wondering if it’d be alright to dilute the glue with water for a tricky glue-up 🙃

  12. Sylvia Shiell on October 7, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Oh my goodness 😭. I wish I’d seen this BEFORE I made an end grain stove cover.

    🤞 It holds up.

  13. GvinciArt on October 7, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Exactly what I needed. Thanks!

  14. Cindy Harrison on October 7, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Thanks i was told if it freze it’s no good and get rid of it

  15. Peter Barrett on October 7, 2022 at 1:33 am

    oftentimes it’s best to apply one finish coat, so that your filler doesn’t stain areas around the area to be filled. Easier sanding after

  16. Mian Arshad on October 7, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Hi Steve. After watching your videos I become weekend woodworker and believe me its great accomplishment feeling when you look at the things which you’ve prepared and receive compliments from others. Your videos are exceptionally helpful to understand the basis. Let me know your email address as I want to send you some of the photos of the works i’ve done recently.

  17. velcroman11 on October 7, 2022 at 1:34 am

    I just saw a guy rub to 8 git to the gluing surface. He just used a rub or to. It seemed to work. 🤔

  18. NKNeptune on October 7, 2022 at 1:34 am

    your vids are fucking awesome bro!!!

  19. Richard Sylvester on October 7, 2022 at 1:35 am

    End grain to end grain is actually stronger than side to side or side to end because PVA glue holds best by filling in all the tiny holes, pockets, and imperfections in the end grain. A scientific test has in fact been done, research it.

  20. Curtis Harwood on October 7, 2022 at 1:36 am

    Hey! I just happened to have watched one of your latest videos on the fact that end grain joints are actually stronger. Just wanted to leave a note incase you wanted to leave a note on the video or if any comment readers find is useful.

  21. ScooterFXRS on October 7, 2022 at 1:36 am

    What was that ’bout end grain? lol

  22. Jonny DIY on October 7, 2022 at 1:36 am

    7:09 "How to Basic" 🤣💕👍

  23. Cindy Harrison on October 7, 2022 at 1:38 am

    Thanks for the coming sens it’s going to save me money

  24. MFTomp09 on October 7, 2022 at 1:38 am

    On the topic of making your own wood putty or filler: if a color match isn’t a big deal, I’ve been mixing coffee grounds with wood glue on some of my projects. I use a lot of old pallets and I like the color contrast it adds when filling in old nail holes. It is a little courser than sanding dust. So just keep that in mind.

  25. Jeff Oldham on October 7, 2022 at 1:40 am

    the salt trick does weeken the glue up,,,trust me,,i know,,

  26. Zach on October 7, 2022 at 1:44 am

    I didn’t know it was ok for your wood glue to freeze that’s awesome

  27. Dylan Finch on October 7, 2022 at 1:44 am

    7:15 Thanks for the tip, I will try it this way, you seemed to have trouble moving the board

  28. Jeremy McCoy on October 7, 2022 at 1:45 am

    Watch this and please respond with a comment here. What you said about gluing endgrain completely contradicts his conclusion.

  29. Robert English on October 7, 2022 at 1:46 am

    Sorry but you are wrong! Corelation does not equal causation! That’s a common but bad logical fallacy. End grain wood joints are actually stronger, by as much as double! It breaks easier on, or near the joint, because the wood is like 5 to 10 times stronger with than along the grain! You can use more glue on an end joint, as well as size it if you want, but when you do, it doesn’t soak a whole lot more into the wood, but off your finger onto whatever you’re wiping it on, you end up wiping a lot more away and wasting it. Collect the excess on something non absorbent and see for yourself., how much waste there is Titebond is too viscous to soak way in there and "Starve the joint", if anything with sizing, and thining the water gets soaked into the grain, but not much resin, which may swell the wood and weaken the joint.

    The salt thing is also nonsense, because it dissolves in water,of which Titebond has plenty of, And yes, even cold water. It just takes a little longer. Add pressure though and you accelerate the process. I too have heard that you can use fine quartz sand (not boulders silly!) on softer woods, but it will also mess up cutting tools, and you’re adding a substance Titebond won’t stick to very well. If anything, only slow pokes swear by it, as glue that has had time to set a little will hold better during clamping, than if you work quick.

    heres an anti sliding trick: Try leaving a small spot clear of Titebond (preferably in a place that will be cut out or away, and put a thicker type superglue in that spot. then put the pieces together. Its still not perfect either, as now if you don’t get it aligned right the first time and it sticks in no time, as water acts like an accelerator, then; Oh dear! Instead, just use some kind of makeshift form, or holding thingemajiggy until clamps are tight, wait a few minutes (just in case), remove from the thingemobob and wipe clean. You can set that up in advance, and although it takes some time, it’s nowhere near the frustration, and possibly more time to fight with crap that is not compliant. Neither the wood, clamps nor glue can tell your freaking out, and don’t give a hoot what your problem is! (<:

    I like your less glue, rub, and wait a few minutes method, but I don’t do laminates often and not enough glue may be problematic. I do use sexy hard wood boards and veneers though, but I can get away with a few screws or nails, just to hold them in place. As a guitar builder I have a few places to do so that will be routed away when cured anyhow; after removing the screws or nails of course. I pre-drill for skinny nails, as hardwoods crack easily, and it’s for alignment, so no downward force needed, and they come out easily. Its a great technique to center align book matched woods I never go without.

  30. Joseph Romero on October 7, 2022 at 1:46 am

    On the wood glue/ saw dust putty- how long do u let it dry before sanding??

  31. Andreas on October 7, 2022 at 1:46 am

    1:43 debunked myth. End grain on end grain is stronger glue connection than side to side.

  32. Kelly Gordon on October 7, 2022 at 1:47 am

    You are awesome!

  33. The_ Joker on October 7, 2022 at 1:47 am

    Let’s go Daniel

  34. Julie Henderson on October 7, 2022 at 1:50 am

    Please do a glue test yourself!

  35. Corey Hayes on October 7, 2022 at 1:50 am

    Practical advice. As a new woodworker, I appreciate the no-nonsense approach.

  36. MsCheerio on October 7, 2022 at 1:51 am

    When I randomly have questions about something I always get super excited if you have a video on it. Thank you so much for these. They have helped me big time with a lot of my random projects I do.

  37. ah Viper on October 7, 2022 at 1:54 am

    Does the sawdust-glue filler absorb stain as same as the wood does?

  38. Jorge Emrys Landivar on October 7, 2022 at 1:54 am

    if your endgrain glue is weak, you need more glue and less clamping. I like the things you did.

  39. Outdoors With Shawn on October 7, 2022 at 1:54 am

    The endgrain trick is something I’ll definitely be trying soon. Thanks!

  40. Broski on October 7, 2022 at 1:55 am

    According to Project Farm, Titebond II, Titebond III, and Elmer’s Wood Glue Max are the best wood glue on the market.

  41. Peco Simplu on October 7, 2022 at 1:56 am

    Thanks 👏

  42. Anna on October 7, 2022 at 1:58 am

    The "A jewelry box you can jump on" line hit a little close to home… It seems to be the way I make things.

    Granted my current project is slightly bigger than a jewelry box but I have a feeling you could park your truck on it without doing much damage.

  43. pako tello on October 7, 2022 at 1:59 am

    I want to ask you if the part of 50/50 glue and water, works for lateral plywood unions and after that use glue

  44. velcroman11 on October 7, 2022 at 1:59 am

    It’s 8 degrees C and you bang your knuckles. 🤕 😣 😓 That was fun.

  45. TNT INDUSTRIES LLC on October 7, 2022 at 2:03 am

    If you ever wonder why your glue turns black, at least with type 3. It’s because the glue has made contact with metal or metal dust.

  46. David Coomber on October 7, 2022 at 2:07 am

    Anyone that uses only glue on a picture frame without also nailing it knows nothing about picture framing

  47. Solo Renegade on October 7, 2022 at 2:08 am

    leading off with the end grain myth. if it soaks up glue, just add more. glue is strong, isn’t all that soaking up good then?

  48. Kris Innes on October 7, 2022 at 2:10 am

    I’ve just discovered that end grain gluing is actually stronger?!

  49. HowlinWilf13 on October 7, 2022 at 2:12 am

    I’m sorry Steve, but you blew it on that trick of using sand to hold two glued boards together. The salt didn’t work because it dissolved in the glue, but sand wouldn’t dissolve. I haven’t done it myself, but I’m happy to believe that a sprinkle of sand might work very well to hold two boards together while clamping. And it might have worked very well for you, if you hadn’t rubbished the experiment.

  50. Louis GREEN on October 7, 2022 at 2:12 am

    I’m looking all over YT and nobody can help me. I’m trying to dismantle a built in cupboard wall, and I need to get to the screws underneath the woodfiller on the back walls. How is that done? Any help or ideas about getting to the screws would be a godsend.