I'm trying to come up with the best method for clamping 4
strips of wood cut in triangular cross sections to make up
table legs 2" x 2". I tried using double faced tape, but it
creeps, so i glued paper between the wooden blocks and the
project pieces, but after waiting what seemed like an
eternity (probably 45 minutes) when I clamped the parts
together the glue wasn't dry under the clamp blocks and it
slid out of position. So my question is this: is hot melt
glue the best and fastest method to get parallel surfaces
for clamping up project parts cut into triangular
cross-sections like table legs made from 4 lengths of wood?
I expect to glue two sections together at a time and then
glue those resulting sub-assemblies into a completed leg
after the glue has dried.
Any other methods?
Before glueing, lay the pieces side by side with the 90 degree angle points
(the inside of the leg) pointing upward. Tape each piece to the adjacent
piece with a strip of masking tape (on what will be the outside of the leg).
Now when you roll up the construction, the four pieces should fit snugly
together. The masking tape will hold them in place. Try putting pressure
on the assembled (unglued) construction by wrapping string or rubber strips
(bike tire sections) around it. This will probably work better than clamps.
When it looks like it will fit together the way you want it, spread out the
taped-together strips; apply a thin layer of wood glue, then roll it up and
In spite of my fairly inarticulate description, the procedure is dead
simple. I'll be using it to join eight tapered boards together to form a
cone with an octagonal cross section (if I can ever figure out the damned
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