I had 4 small kitchen doors that were butt jointed together to make one
larger one with biscuits about every 6" on center. I had the wrong clamps,
also away from my shop, so glue was set without it. Glue line is about
1/16". Any experience if the butt joints with biscuits would fail faster
without the aid of clamps? Pocket screws look pretty good right now.
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Maybe you should saw the panels apart, rejoint them at the
glue joint and try again. A rope turniquette can be used
for a clamp. Aside from the fact that what you have now
will soon break apart on its own, doesn't it look like crap?
Its been a few days and still holding up ok even when I try to flex it back
and forth - must be from biscuit reinforcement. Pullout force must be a few
hundred pounds as is bending force along the glue line is what I worry about
even assembled with clamps. Actually doesn't look like crap with a little
help from Bondo, sandpaper and paint.
Unsupported biccies are still fairly strong, if their grain runs the
right way. I've made slatted crudeware (ventilated storage bins) by
putting #20 biscuits into #0 slots before now.
OTOH, it must look terrible. I'd re-saw, re-joint and re-assemble.
Find pictures of a "Plano" glue-up clamp, then make yoru own workshop
copy of it. Mine is aluminium window extrusions (from a scrapyard) and
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