I need to attach 4ft long strips of 1.5"x 3/8" QS White Oak to the
surface of 1/4" QS White Oak veneer plywood.
Can I attach it using construction adhesive or do I need to worry
about shrinkage and instead stick with 23ga pin nailing?
Wouldn't that stuff look great where globs of it ooze out of the edges of
the oak strips. Perhaps you should do what Norm does, use carpenter's glue
and hold it in place with your pin nailer until the glue dries.
Keep in mind that QSWO will move less in width than most woods (an
approximate maximum 1/64" expansion/contraction in width for your 1 1/2"
stock, depending upon the part of the country you live in. That's not much,
and probably even less after it's finished
If I understand your application correctly, my instinct, based on your
description, would be to apply a good wood glue to the middle third of the
1.5"x 3/8" and use your pin nailer to fasten them in place until the glue
That should at least pay some homage to the wood movement gods ...
Strictly my tuppence/FWIW ...
If it can be done in a horizontal plane I would use a thin bead of
Gorilla glue down the center and use weights such as taped up bricks for
clamps. Eliminating fasteners that leave holes to be filled is well
worth the effort.
Construction adhesive? Ugly & messy if it squeezes out. Glue would do
better. With either you would have to hold the wood in place until the
adhesive sets; that could be done with your brads or simply crosswise strips
of masking tape.
Wood movement? NP on ply.
Brads or adhesive? Your choice. Brads make holes, holes have to be filled
but will always show.
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