I lay the boards on my pipe clamps and just sitting there, some of them mate perfectly with their neighbours. But one or two boards have the slightest bow. I'm thinking I can clamp a pair of pine cauls on each edge to pull them back. I'll cover the seams with wax paper so I don't end up gluing the cauls to the panel with the squeeze-out. Any objections?
I won't be staining this wood, but I haven't decided on a finish. (Please help me do that.) Should I apply the finish to the outer surfaces first, before the glue-up, so the squeeze-out doesn't doesn't fill in the pores? I see Norm always wiping it away with a damp sponge, like the instructions on the bottle, but I can never seem to get at what's under the pipe clamps. This time there will be 11 of them, alternating under and over the panel. What do you usually do?
I've got half a bottle of Lee Valley cabinet maker's glue left, and a new bottle of yellow carpenter's glue. (Side question; is there any difference between LV cabinet maker's glue and Titebond III? It's almost irrelevant because I can't find Titebond III anywhere around Ottawa except LV.) Since this is such a visible part of the project, should I prefer white glue?
Finally, this project is going to have to have a rustic look, because these boards were reclaimed from a demolition; they were the walls of an old house, and are full of nail holes and gouges. I intend to post some pictures of the bedpost blanks I've prepared to a.b.p.w, since I'm quite proud of them. But a few of the boards destined for these large panels have some ugly looking tearouts, gouges where the aggressive contractor must have used a crowbar. And there are a few large knots and splits threatening to leave the scene later. I'm thinking about filling them with epoxy. Good idea? Bad idea? Alternatives? Should I learn to make a dutchman? Too many questions?
Without advice I'll muddle through. With it, perhaps the results will be that much better. I tend to be a perfectionist, so I really have to be careful not to overdo it this time. Otherwise my son will probably be grown up before I finish it for him. My goal is to make some progress of any kind every day until it's done. So far I'm working without a design, but the ideas are really gelling so very soon I'll commit it to paper, since I think not knowing the exact next step each time is what's slowing me down the most.)
Yesterday my wife accused me of being passionate about woodworking. I like that!
Thanks for all your help!
- Owen -