Simple solution: Don't glue-up the whole piece at once!! Break it into
two, or more, glue-ups! Rare is the component that you can't break down
into multiple glue-ups if need be.
CAVEAT: when doing partial glue-ups, it's a good practice (actually
imperative) to go ahead and clamp up the full assembly, both glued
joint, and unglued joints, and check for square.
Use some common sense with multiple glue-ups, think it through so that
you don't glue yourself into a corner; practice the steps first before
each glue-up, with clamps at ready; and your project will thank you ...
I'm coming in real late on this one, but I think it's important to
stress what Swing is saying here, but from a different angle.
My first glueups were as stressed as what Adrian is describing. I
suspect most experience that "time is running out" syndrome, and the
added pressure almost ensures that something will be forgotten.
Because of that, anything that could go wrong needs to be anticipated
long before the glue lays down. Although it's a royal pain in the ass, I
do a lot of dry fits. That's probably to my detriment, as each dry fit
is going to loosen the joints slightly but I'll take that hit if I can
do one dry fit and have it run flawlessly. Including measuring the
Then, when I do my final wet assembly, that one gawdammed thing that
didn't show up in dry fits rears its ugly head. Happens each time, and
if it didn't I'd think something was way off. However, all of the other
smaller problems are dealt with and I can still do it inside the glue's
The key is to not be surprised by much. That's why the dry fits work for me.
On Wed, 25 Nov 2009 06:18:22 -0800 (PST), " email@example.com"
I'm a little late on this but...... look at the slides very carfully.
there is a tab on the end of the slides at the back of the cabinet.
look at both side by side. Is one bent differently? I ran into this
not too long ago. everything was square and should have fit but one
drawer stuck out on the left and one stuck out on the right. I screwed
around with this crap for 2 days and finally took the slides out and
compared them. sure enough the tab at the back on one side of each set
of slides was bent! bent the offending tabs, put em back in and all
was right with the world. was it because of made in china or damaged
in shipping? dunno but it was a simple thing just not obvious.
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